Yesterday, we got again quite concerned about William. I am in a YWAM leadership training, this week, but the training is held in our Amun house, so that is nearby. There are YWAM leaders from the whole of Uganda and South Sudan here in Sororti for this training. Barbara asked me to look to William's tummy, she felt that it was more swollen. I agreed with her and I advised her to take him to Dr. Engulu, next door clinic. When I came back after some time from the training to check, I heard that they were referred to do another scan on him. I called the doctor in the hospital who was supposed to be there that day and we could come directly. He first did an ultra sound on his tummy, but could not see much, a lot of gas, he then wanted us to make an X-ray.
I had to hold William at his shoulders, while they made the X-ray. As you can see on the picture, it was scary, but I didn't drop him!!!!
The Xray also didn't show what was wrong, so then the doctor wanted an X-ray with a white fluid in his large intestines.
The doctor puts the fluid in by a catheter and then we hold him together, while the X-ray was made, they looked at it and then decided to make another one, so again the fluid in and again the X-ray. William did so well, he cried a little but was sucking on his dummy the whole time. I was proud on our little man!
The doctor said there was a mechanical obstruction, partly, because he was still passing some stool. But it was too high in the large intestines to see it on his X-rays. He referred us to the surgeon.
So today we went to see the surgeon, I had checked and they told us to come at 8.30 am to his clinic. Barbara, William and I were there at 8.30 am. There was no electricity, so the generator made a lot of noise, he couldn't hear well the bowel sounds. We had to come to the hospital at 11 am, there he would take another look (and listen!) and then he would decide. So at 11 am we were at the hospital and the doctor had a good look at him. Yes, he needs to be operated tomorrow, the longer we wait, the harder will the operation be. He is booked in the ward, he has to be admitted for that, but we could take him home and prepare him from Amecet and come with him tomorrow at 10 am. He is back on IV fluids only, no oral feedings and we pray that he will be better after that. Something had to be done, we could not go on for ever, there was no improvement, he was not getting worse, but he has not gained anything in 4 weeks!!! He is still his 2.2 kg. Please pray for this little fighter, he is so small and not so strong. I'll keep you informed.
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