Please pray for Liliana tomorrow as she has surgery at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Her surgery is scheduled for 12:15 pm and will take 3-3.5 hours. We are quite confident that she is in good hands at Children’s, but more improtantly, we know she is in our good Father’s hands and are trusting Him to take good care of her. Liliana will have three procedures tomorrow:
1-Cleft Lip Revision. Dr. Tse will be cutting her lip open in the previous scar, closing the muscle that goes around her mouth (something that wasn’t done in her first surgery), and then doing his best to make the lip look even more “ideal.” Her lip line currently is a little higher on the cleft side than it should be, and he will be lowering it to a normal height so her lip is more semetrical. Thankfully, her nose is great so Dr. Tse will not being involving it in the surgery.
2-Lingual Frenotomy. Liliana is tongue tied (meaning her tongue is bound too tightly) and Dr. Tse will be cutting the tissue under her tongue to loosen it. This is minor and will likely help her with speech.
3-Trigger Thumb Repair. I can’t find the medical term for this :). Liliana’s right thumb is a ‘trigger thumb’ meaning that there is a nodule in her tendon that is catching on a “pulley” and not allowing her to straighten her thumb. Dr. Tse will make a small incision at the base of her thumb on the palm side of her hand and snip that pulley. There are 3 pulleys in every thumb, so she will be fine having 2 that work and her thumb should be normal after this procedure.
Liliana’s first surgery was performed in China when she was 7 months old. Even though she was very young, she obviously has some residual fears. Last month when Keith and I merely walked into a sterile white room at her dentist’s, she freaked. She cried so hard that she puked within a few minutes. She also starts crying when doctors put on masks and gloves. Please pray for peace to fill her before and after her surgery.
Pray for the doctors hands – for wisdom for him and a very successful surgery. Pray that Liliana’s lip revision would be beautiful and the scaring minimal. Pray for Keith and I to be the support that she needs, and for peace to fill our hearts as well. This is our first surgery as parents, and we all know what kind of fears there are when your baby needs medical help. And, pray for Koen while he’s with Grammi as I know he will be concerned for his sister.
We will try to update you here after the surgery tomorrow. We’ll be staying in the hospital overnight and plan to come home on Saturday if all goes well.
Thanks so much!