Micah has had quite a busy afternoon. He's had a testicular ultrasound (long story... I'll find out more from urology tomorrow), an echocardiogram (which showed that his heart looks the same as it did back in May... not worse, but not better either... he still has a bit of valve leakage), a brain MRI (the thing I don't understand any better today than I did yesterday... we should have the results of this by tomorrow afternoon), and a belly x-ray.
Once we got back from all of those procedures, we found out that a culture came back positive for a bowel infection. This infection could be causing most of his belly pain. Wouldn't it have been nice if they had tested his stool on Sunday or Tuesday when we asked if they should? (to which they always replied that it wasn't necessary, until they ordered the test on Tuesday afternoon after he had pooped that morning and didn't poop again until today). He has quite a miserable belly right now. When I check his stomach for gas and fluid, there's bile in it, meaning his intestines are slowing down significantly and backing stuff up into his stomach.
Anyway, he is to start a round of antibiotics tonight. I'm not sure how long the course of treatment is, but it will be given through his IV line. Please pray that one round of antibiotics would kill this infection and that it will not return (which is unfortunately common, and not something we care to deal with). This infection could have already caused damage to his colon. Please pray this is not the case.
Micah will be going to the OR tomorrow at 2:45 for his endoscopy and to check his ears. Please pray that the procedure would go smoothly and quickly.
Down syndrome info for today: Many individuals have a simian crease (aka single transverse palmar crease. Micah has a simian crease on each of his hands. It's very cute. I'd post pictures, but I can't do that from the hospital. So here's the link to Wikipedia if you'd like to see examples.