Update on Joey’s upcoming procedure
An update on Joey and his latest planned tests: X-rays on Wednesday show “He is completely impacted through most of his intestines,” Katie said. That explains why he has so much pain trying to get any of it out.
“They feel it’s necessary to bring in a surgeon, cardiac anesthesia, the GI doc and to consult pulmonary/radiology just for the damn procedure,” Katie said. That could cause the procedures to be delayed until Friday.
A major concern for Katie and Steve is that Joey might have Hirshprung’s disease. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “In Hirschsprung’s disease, the nerves are missing from a part of the bowel. Areas without such nerves cannot push material through. This causes a blockage. Intestinal contents build up behind the blockage, causing the bowel and abdomen to become swollen.”