- Sat, May 29, 2004 /
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Well, it looks like Ally will not be able to feed for least another 2 weeks. Surgeons say that even though the barium passed through Ally's bowel on 5/26 faster than before the STEP procedure, it still is just sitting in the bowel, taking longer for her to pass it. This is because during the STEP procedure, surgeons made the bowel smaller than usual (1cm in diameter), knowing then it will dilate somewhat back to a more normal size. This will give the bowel better motility when she does feed.
To top it all off, Ally has a bacteria overgrowth in her bowel. She is currently receiving antibiotics for that now. She also has been retaining more fluid, possibly from the barium sitting in her bowel, backing things up. And finally last night she was running a 102 fever. Hopefully this is not a sign of infection.