Monday, October 25, 2010

evolution

1 days after surgery

2 days after surgery

3 days after

4days after surgery......we got a couple of smiles today


5 days after surgery

Stitches are off! It couldn't have went smoother. With Davy's Adrenal issues, being put under anesthesia is a little more complicating. They have to give a "stress dose"of steriods at least a half an hour before, that is why they try to get that IV in before. They have to give her another one 6 hours later. Without it she would not survive. Then her nostrils were pretty impacted with , let's just say"stuff", that needed to be flushed out and the anesthesia Doc thought that it would be best to intubate her so she wouldn't choke on it. So the suture removal becomes an all day event. But we lucked out. Dr. J told our Endocrine and "Ani"Doc that he could to it fairly fast and it would not require intubation or her stress dose. Well she still requires a stress dose no matter what, but not as large of a dose, so not through an IV. Am I making any sense to you? Basically what could have been an ordeal of 6 hours was cut into 3.....booya. Dr.J saw how fussy Davy was being and said it indeed was not normal. He's pretty sure she has some sort of infection, so she is on another round of antibiotics and he gave us more codeine. She also will be wearing tape for the next week to help her not disturb her lip. SO hopefully things we be on the up and up. In the meantime we will be walking and retrying to get these stupid no-no arm bands to work. I think I need to MacGyver them on her some how. Ducktape......sock....safety pin?

52 comments:

EJ said...

Glad to hear she is doing well and they have given you more ammo for the discomfort she is feeling. She is beautiful! And you're a champ!

EJ, www.thesearemyreasons.blogspot.com

Heather said...

I vote for DUCT TAPE! That stuff works great on children, especially when you try put them on the wall! J/K She doesn't look like a very happy camper, but I'm sure that soon, you'll get a TON of smiles from that little face. Just keep it up, you are doing a great job! And we know she loves you, even with the pouty face! lol

Simcah Reid said...

I"m glad the surgery went as well as it did. You and Scott are a great team. Thanks for the milk bags I was about to go buy new ones today so you saved me the trip to the store with four kids. :) The best part about pumping is it makes me think of Davy and say a little prayer for her (and You and Scott) twice everyday.

Georgia said...

Oh my gosh Ruth.....she is absolutely darling....her sweet little smile is beautiful. I am glad the stitches came out easier than planned. Now....just to get better. Sweet little thing....she just makes ME smile.

BriBedell said...

She looks rather positive for what all she just went through :) I vote for Zebra duct tape...they have a lot of fun and funky duct tape now :)

merideth said...

she looks so beautiful. wow! it is amazing the work they did. and the healing is wondeful she is such a cutie.
i vote for some socks with the bottoms cut off. cute ones with stripes or something. she would look like a rock star. which of course she already is.

go davy!!

Asha said...

Thank you for sharing all the details of her recovery, I was so curious! she looks like she's doing so well and looks like you're out of the woods...good job Davy!!!

Kreatives Chaos made by Andrea said...

Sweet little D

the doctors did a really good job...

she looks sweeter as ever...

I can imagine how much stress you had, worrying, that everything will be ok...

Hope you are doing all well...

warmest regards from Germany

Andrea

Duh Despains said...

Yay for not having to be "under" as long! Glad they were able to see that there was something else going on with her, and help fix it before it got out of control! Praying for a speedy recovery for your darling.

Sue Anne said...

A pair of socks long enough to reach her shoulders and then her clothing on top of the socks should help her keep the "no no arm bands" on. She might be a little warm ...

Reenie said...

Oh those pics make ME smile. She's such a beautiful baby. I love her eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows.

And Dr. J.....did an awesome job.

I hope she gets to feeling better soon....so you and hubby can get some rest.

~ hugs ~

Jill Myers said...

It's so wonderful to see her smile again...what a cutie-pie!

tesla nichole said...

I've never seen any surgeries of a corrected clefty, so I didn't know what to expect... It is absolutely amazing what they have done. She is such a little fighter and beautiful as always. Glad to see she's doing well.

BensonFam said...

Oh my goodness what an ordeal for all of you! Hopefully things are on the upswing now and she gets feeling better quickly. Much love to you all!

Susie Demke said...

I can't get over how much Davy looks like Scott!

Amy said...

I am just a lurker, but I had to comment:

She is SO beautiful! (before & after) I thought of you and prayed for you the day of the surgery and I am so happy to see everything turning out so well.

Melinda said...

Oh Wow! When I got to the picture of her smiling I totally melted, SO SO sweet! I hope she starts feeling better really quickly--you're amazing!

Krista said...

I would try the duct tape! If she can get out of that, well then, she may have a career as an escape artist.

Karin said...

I got them!! The arm restraints should be here Thursday via FedEx, and hopefully those work better for you. In the meantime...Duct tape for sure:) Keep up the good work with the no-no's, just remember, it's SO much better than a stitch opening.

Maggie May said...

so glad the stitch removal went better than anticipated!

The {G} Family said...

So glad it went well!

And thanks for explaining about the IV - not that it's really my business. I just felt so bad for her about the IV troubles.

Here's to more smiley days ahead!

Sea Star said...

I was just sent the link to your blog. I too have a daughter that was born with a cleft lip/palate. She is now 9 years old facing her next surgery. She hasn't had one since she was 1 when they did the palate. Her lip was done when she was 3 months old. I wish I had had a digital camera back in those days when she had her big gap grin. I would have taken so many more.

I am glad the surgery went well. The recovery is not fun. My little girl hated those arm restraints. It brought back so many memories to see your pictures. I remember they had to connect them together with a long shoe lace so she couldn't slip them off.

I hope everything continues to go well.

MindySue said...

Perhaps sew some socks onto your least favorite onesie? They should be big enough to fit over the arm bands and keep them from "slipping" off? Er....maybe?

Wendy said...

Wow, she is absolutely gorgeous! So sorry to hear about the infection which means more fussiness. Praying for swift recovery and sleep for you.

My three year old just saw Davy's picture and said, "Mama, that is one precious baby."

MLS said...

she's an inspiration. dang.

.:kj:. said...

Davy is so stinkin' beautiful. Sad face, bloody face, doesn't matter, she's gorgeous! I wish you continued blessings in her recovery! Go Davy!

kaybee said...

i've been reading your blog for a while now, and i've just got to say i love davy! and after clefty was gone, it was just davy...she still looks like the same sweet baby girl. best of luck to your family and god bless you all! p.s.: her incision looks great!

whitneyingram said...

Yowza. Scott looks like Uncle Harry. A LOT.

Kristianna said...

She has the sweetest little rosebud lip now. I hope the pain subsides, and she keeps her hands off that beautiful work.

Joanne said...

The photos, her eyes, her smile. She melts my heart.

Thank you so much for sharing.

I wish her a speedy recovery.

Debbie said...

Her face looks great! I'm so happy things are going so well!

kimmomofnine said...

It is amazing how quickly children heal! Davy continues to knock my socks off with each and every post (and you too of course, such grace under pressure).

Simply beautiful.

Courtney said...

I think Davy looks wonderful! I was so shocked by the face post-surgery. It was like a puzzle-piece was missing, and now it is complete! It's not a different face, same face, just complete.

Praying she heals up quick!

Becki D said...

I hate to hear that she's having such a tough time with the recovery - I know watching your baby in pain is *torture* - but it looks like she's healing well. What a sweet little post-clefty smile!!

She's a doll, and you are a Fab Momma! Hang in there!

Shelby Lou said...

I hope her healing process is speedy quick! You are a great Mom, and oh so brave. You really are, THE MOM. No joke. I love that my sister introduced me to your blog. I'm an offical stalker now.

Don't worry, I'm not a creeper. :D

You are awesome! Happy thoughts and prayers your way!

Shelby Lou

tracyjax said...

I can't get over how good she looks. I've never seen a cleft surgery look so perfect! It's so amazing! Glad you're hanging in there! How are the boys through it all? what has Ollie had to say? I love Ollie isms...

Grandma Honey said...

That smile must have brought you so much comfort. What a little cutie pie!

PS You are a GREAT writer.

Natalie said...

beautiful inside and out.

Mrs.Dr.Shot said...

It's a sad day at my house, but seeing that beautiful little girl is certainly a pick-me-up. You're both doing wonderfully and I just know that all of your children are thriving because of your efforts. Try and rest.

Beth said...

She's beautiful! Thanks for the daily photos...she looks pretty amazing

Damaris said...

why do babies have to hurt? it makes me so sad.

i hope she feels great really soon.

chiarajulieann said...

soooo HAPPY for you!!!

Dina said...

Codeine can make you constipated. Just making sure her fussiness isn't related to that. Sorry it's been so hard for all of you!

debra g said...

She is so beautiful. What a blessing to have such a great spirit in your family. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story with everyone. You are such an inspiration.

Julie said...

She is a *cute* little pumpkin!!

red. said...

So sweet; I'm glad she's doing well. I'm just someone who's randomly come across this after click-overs from other artists' blogs and such, and it's been so compelling going back in time and reading the old posts and following her progress. Congrats on such a resilient little girl!

Rudyricks said...

dang she's cute so what are those arm band things?

summerzfamily said...

RUTHIE---
she looks beautiful!! so happy that everything went well! xoxoxo love, summer

Jen said...

Davy is absolutely STUNNING! Those eyes are celestial!

Jackietex said...

Wow! Davy was adorable before with "clefty," but she is even more gorgeous now! I'm sorry she has had to suffer pain. :(

Lechelle said...

She is so beautiful. after AND before surgery.

Corrie said...

gorgeous girl! she is brave to get through the op and stitches! love the smiles!!!

corrie:)