An after Christmas feast which included some undercooked meat was the problem. Haddie's little body reacted to the undercooked meat and the bacteria living in it by causing bloody diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. She was sick for about 1 week prior to coming in, and when she got her, she was really sick. She wasn't talking to us, she was just crying in pain. We knew she needed surgery, but weren't sure if she would survive the surgery or not. We talked and prayed with the family, who agreed to let Jim do surgery. Jim found that most of her small intestine was diseased from the infection of Pigbel. He removed part of her intestine, but had to leave a lot of disease bowel inside. Her recovery after surgery was slow.
It took her a long time to be able to take liquids and even longer to take solids. Everytime she would try and eat or drink something, she would cry in pain, vomiting at times. We tried everything we could to help her. We gave her IV fluid, we gave her nutritional supplementation via a tube in her nose - but still she struggled to keep anything down. She lost 8 lbs while she was with us. We considered another surgery, but her nutritional status had deteriorated so much that we weren't sure she would survive a surgery and if she did, weren't sure there was anything else Jim could do in there.
Finally, Haddie started to take liquids, and over time she started to take solids, to the point where she got to go home. For so long, all I heard Haddie do was cry and moan in pain, so I was pleasantly surprised to see her back for her followup visit eating an orange and talking to me. She has regained about 3 lbs of her 8 that she lost, but has a ways to go yet. She still has pain at times when she eats, but no where like before, and she isn't vomiting, so that is a huge blessing. It was a joy to see her and I would ask that you would continue to pray for her complete recovery.