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2 Out of 3 – PSARP

Dear Meimei,

Last October 5, 2009 at 7:30am at the Riverside Medical Center you went through with your 2nd operation – the PSARP (Posterior Sagittal AnoRectoPlasty – the surgery required to create an anus). To give you and our loved ones a glimpse of what took place at the hospital I decided to blog about it. So read on darling…

October 4 at 3pm we were already in the hospital because there were laboratory tests performed. You were tortured 3 times:

(1) blood sample for blood typing and other tests

(2) skin test for the antibiotic that was used for your IV

(3) IV – your pediatrician, Dra. Geolingo decided to have your IV that night because your potassium content was 1 point lower than the specification so it needed to be corrected prior to surgery

Of course you cried really loud 3 times also and there was even that look in your eyes as if begging me to help you… But baby, all I did was hold you tight and told you you’ll be fine. In spite the pain all those injections caused you, you still remained to be a happy baby before bedtime.

before PSARP

October 5 at 6:30am your papa and I brought you to the operating room. The nurses and the doctors thought you were adorable. They played with you and you showed them your infectious smile 😀 while we were waiting for Doc Mic and Doc Banlaoi. At exactly 7:30am Doc Banlaoi injected the anesthesia into your IV and immediately, 10 seconds to be exact, you fell asleep. You went inside the OR while your papa and I went back to our room and slept. We have prayed for you so we trusted God to take care of you… Here you are in the recovery room after the PSARP:

in the recovery room

You had oxygen, lamp, catheter, IV and the heart monitor all attached to you. You were still under the power of the anesthesia so you were sound asleep. We stayed there for 2 hours and then up to our room. You remained asleep until past 6pm. You only woke up for your milk then back to sleep again the whole night.

October 6 came and you were still a bit groggy but you were back to your drink all you can mode ;D Your papa was carrying you when he noticed your IV was dislodged so we asked the nurse to remove it. The blessing was that day, your doctors decided to shift to oral antibiotics instead of re-inserting the IV… yehey!!! Here’s you and your smiling face ;D Oh by the way, your last dose of pain killer was given 6am this day so at this time (2:22pm) you were on your own. I don’t know how painful it is to have PSARP but from the look on your face, it didn’t matter at all.

dancing with papa

Later that night I slowly let you sit down to see if you can tolerate the pain and you did!!! You’re a fighter meimei and I thank God for that.

trying to sit down

October 7 came and when Doc Mic did your dressing, he decided to remove the catheter as it was partially removed already. So there’s another THANK YOU LORD moment for us, no more “lawit” as what your yaya Angel and I call it.

no more catheter

October 8 morning all your doctors agreed that it’s time to GO HOME because everything went well and you were doing well. So while we were waiting for the billing section for our payables, I had a nice time playing with you. You’re slowly becoming camera conscious so I was tickling you but your concern was the camera ;D

ready to leave

When we left Station 5 the nurses commented that you were such a wonderful, happy and cute patient. They look at you and it seemed nothing happened because you were all smiles and you didn’t lose weight 😀 They wish to see you in your final operation – your colostomy closure.

Someday when life gets so hard, you can be assured that you can make it. God made you a fighter and a joyful woman. God was with you all the way even when things were beyond our control, He’ll never leave you nor forsake you baby…We will be forever grateful to family, friends and even to strangers who prayed for you and helped took care of you. We don’t have to repay them but we can pay forward the kindness that we have received. It is my prayer that God will multiply their joy and add blessing to their lives.

Ooops, for the record… We went to your check up last October 12 and you gained weight. From 9.3Kgs pre-operation to 9.44Kgs post operation. How many people do you know gain weight after surgery??? Again I thank God for that 😀

I love you meimei… You successfully passed 2 out of 3 surgeries, 1 more to go then you’re totally free to have a normal poooo life 😀

October 12, 2009



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Dear Meimei,

As I was holding you this evening, I realized it’s been a 5 months and 6 days since I heard your first cry… I still recall the very first time I saw you in the delivery room when the nurse brought you to me, I blurted out that you had your papa’s nose – which made the nurses smile. After several hours, your pedia, Dra. Tett went to my room and told me that the other parts of your body were all normal except for one thing – you have a birth defect known as imperforate anus. I didn’t cry nor did I feel hopeless. I knew deep down in my heart that God is in control, He cares for you more than I do and that your name, Elizabeth Joy means God’s Promise of JOY – nothing can change that. April 18 your papa came home and you had your first operation – you needed to have a colostomy in order for you to poo.  After a week we went out of the hospital and from then on, we were never apart… Time flies really fast… Two weeks from now you will again have your operation – PSARP. That will be the time Dr. Mic, your surgeon, will make a rectum. The operation will last for about 2-3 hrs and you will stay in the hospital for about 3-5 days. Papa Joey will be home again so we can go through with this as a family – we will pray for you and take care of you together. My heart bleeds when I think of the pain your 2nd operation will cause you, however, I know that you will be one step closer to that day when you can finally be free and live a normal life. So my baby, be strong. I see strength in your eyes… You will not just survive this operation but you will thrive. God’s hand will guide everyone that will be involved in this activity, so I will not fear. Just as I trusted God during your first surgery, I believe for the success of the 2nd one. You’ll be fine baby… And the moment the doctor says we can hold you and you can drink milk, you can drink all you can from mama’s milk 🙂

Today is September 22 and your scheduled surgery will be on October 5. Papa will be home October 1st so you both can still have time to play and we can have our family picture – all of us smiling.

I love you princess Lizzie,


X.S. Below is a picture of you when you were 1 month old and 5 months old using the same dresses. I love your smile baby… And your papa thinks you’re very pretty!



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