Saturday, April 14, 2007
On Thursday morning, Maimie's cleft palate surgery was performed. It was hard to give her to the operating room nurses, and even harder managing the grueling three and a half hour wait. Dr. Hansen seemed very pleased with the amount of tissue available to use in closing Maimie's palate, and thought that the surgery went extremely well. It was around 2 in the afternoon before Maimie first cried and wanted to be held after the surgery. I held her in the chair in her room most of the afternoon and evening. She wasn't too happy with the IV, the id bracelet, or the arm restraints. Then there was the vomiting. Poor thing kept vomiting blood out of her mouth and nose all afternoon and evening. I'm not sure which one of us smelled or looked worse by bedtime. She would not let me put her down even when she was sleeping. Finally I talked a student nurse into taking her long enough to let me use the restroom. Maimie cried then vomited all over her white scrub jacket. Beautiful. Last break I got.
Maimie couldn't even sip water Thursday night. Friday morning went much better. She was drinking formula from a cup without a lid (not cool!) and spilling plenty of it. By lunch time she was eating a few bites of applesauce and vanilla pudding with her formula. I cleaned her up, put clean clothes on her, and talked the nurse into disconnecting the IV tubing. She perked right up when she saw Daddy, Mikaela, Jacob, and Joseph. Dr. Hansen felt she was doing well and liked how her mouth was looking. He discharged Maimie around 4:30pm Friday. She had some trouble with fever Friday afternoon and evening but has done better today. She is still having pain and taking tylenol. Even with her arm restraints she has been animated and playing. We need to keep them on her through at least Wednesday. I'm anxious to see how she will react to having them off. Will she still suck her left thumb and right pointer finger? We have also noticed she's not eating or drinking as much as usual, but as her mouth heals, it should pick back up. We are so thankful for Dr. Hansen's expertise and care for Maimie and for God's hand of protection over her. We could certainly tell that people were praying for her.