Thursday, February 4, 2010

Surgery Tomorrow

Katelyn's shunt surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:30. The shunt will help treat her hydrocephalus. The downside of shunts are that the person generally needs to have the shunt for the rest of their life - they are considered shunt dependent. The upside is that the shunt will help control Katelyn's brain pressure so that it can start returning to a more healthy shape.

Pray for 4 things:
1) That the surgery proceeds without complications.
2) That the shunt functions properly.
3) That no infections will develop.
4) That Katelyn can start eating again within 12 hours after the surgery.

Shunt surgery is fairly routine. However, these complications occur at a high rate. Pray also that Katelyn can come home by Monday. This diagram will help you get a better feel for what a shunt is and does.

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