Scout’s little body made it through the surgery and it appears to be doing well. So far, we have not run into any post surgical respiratory issues, such as pneumonia, collapsed lung, and whatnot, and we are very thankful for that. She is on room air.
Her eye surgeon said that her muscles were very small and more difficult than most to work with, but he felt that he was able to accomplish what he set out to do. Her eyes are swollen and look extremely bloodshot. As to be expected when someone cuts your eyes open. They will be very uncomfortable for a while. It may feel to her like she has a piece of sand in her eye or something.
The endoscopy went as planned and from the initial examination all looked normal, but of course a biopsy could indicate allergies that we aren’t aware of yet.
The Dentist ended up removing all of her teeth except for two which she capped. We knew going in that this could be a possibility but we were a little shocked to hear that removing that many teeth was actually needed. At this point she will just deal with two teeth until her permanent teeth start to arrive in a few years. We keep reminding ourselves that in the scheme of things they are only teeth and baby ones at that. She is alive and no longer dealing with teeth pain or the risk of serious infection from rotten teeth. This is cosmetic.
Her cleft palate repair went well and as planned. Assuming she heals quickly we hope that she won’t have to deal with a hole in her mouth anymore.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and prayers. Scout has made a lot of progress today toward a better quality of life. She is going be in pain for several days and getting used to some new feelings in her body. We pray that she can make smooth adjustments to a sealed mouth with no teeth. We pray that she will adjust to eating and also talking with this new mouth of hers and that this will be the last cleft palate repair she will have to undergo. We pray that her eye muscles are strengthened enough to not have to repeat this surgery, that no adjustments will be needed in the future and that her vision has not or will not be damaged.
Please also pray for the physical pain she is feeling right now. She just had the top of her mouth sewn together, almost every tooth yanked out, and both of her eyes were cut open and sewn back together.
We are thankful to God that she made it through this marathon of a surgery and that she is communicating with us. She is angry, she wants to go home, but she is communicating.