As I stated previously, Kristin had her first BM last night since the surgery. She had a few more today and is feeling good. Today they did a tolerance test to see if Kristin's digestive system was working. The test is to clamp off the suction on her NG tube for 4 hours. Then reattach the suction for 30 minutes. If the suction removed less than 100 CZ of fluid then the stomach and intestine are doing their jobs. Then repeat this test a second time to make sure the first wasn't a fluke. Well, for both tests Kristin produced less than 20 cc of fluid. At 7 PM the NG tube was removed. The RN, Tracie, made a comment about the size of the tube that was used. She stated it was much bigger around than what they would normally use. Once the NG was removed there was a noticeable difference in Kristin's energy level. Now she is still extremely tired, but feeling much better than earlier today.
As for Victoria, she continues to do well. Since Kristin was infected, the doctors in NICU decided to do blood cultures on Victoria and begin her on antibiotics. Last night we learned that the culture had shown a presence of Gram positive Cocci. It appears that this infection has not had any major symptomatic effects on Victoria to date. However, the "big guns" or "gorilla killers" have been deployed to combat this infection. It is not known if this infection was contracted by contact with Kristin. Regardless, we are confident in NICUs ability to return her to forward progress.