Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cleft fistula surgery

I am always amazed at how brave and strong Lucy is. Today was the big day for surgery to close the cleft fistula in her gumline and do a small tweak to even out her right nostril. Dr. Vicari used artificial bone so we didn't have to use bone from her hip. Because her repair is quite small there is a good chance that this will hold without having to do the more invasive bone graft.

We got checked in at 7am, Flossie Puppy providing comfort and reassurance,
and suited up in a tiger outfit.
Got a dot applied to the correct nostril
and by 8am they were wheeling her to the O.R.

 She got strawberry scented anesthesia to breathe as she drifted off to sleep holding my hand.
Three hours later we got to see her in recovery before they released her back to her room.
She woke up with a headache so they loaded her up with meds and popsicles.
About an hour later they were unplugging her from the various machines with Lucy taking a keen interest in all of it. She was happiest about getting the bandage off her nose and didn't even flinch when the IV came out of her hand.
All of her sutures are inside and will dissolve so they won't have to be removed. She has some in her gumline and some inside her nose.
Because her fistula was so small and the repairs went well, she was not put on the puree diet for one week. She's now just on a soft food diet for a couple of weeks so ice cream was the order of the afternoon once we got home!
She ate quite well all day (apple sauce, cottage cheese, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, more ice cream) and went to bed around 6:30pm. She woke up at 8pm just in time for another round of pain meds and is back in bed now. She's got a pretty continuous bloody discharge out of her nose but that should ease up by tomorrow (fingers crossed).
Her nose, I'm happy to say, is not hugely different than it was, even with all the swelling. Just a bit more open and not quite as bent to the side. Here she is just last month for comparison.
 Beautiful both ways!


Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

So glad the surgery was a sucess! Yes, these children are so brave.

Heather H. said...

Wow. She was very brave.


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