Looking and Feeling Better

Yesterday morning Liliana got her sutures and nose spacers removed at Children’s.  They put her anesthesia again but she did great.  She was brave and woke up happy.  The nurses were oogling over her when we walked into the recovery room.  I’m so proud of her.

The only thing that she isn’t doing well is letting us clean her lip.  The doc said to keep it clean with soap and water, and every time it is a major battle!  She gets hot and sweaty and cries so hard she holds her breath.  I know it’s a fear reaction, but she squirms so much we’re more likely to hurt her while we’re trying to help her.

The doctor replaced the sutures with glue.  It is shiny, so it looks like her nose is running.  This morning after breakfast I noticed that part of it was peeling off.  It was sticking out about a quarter of an inch and I was afraid that if I didn’t get that piece off it would catch on something and more would come off.  I showed her in the mirror in hopes that she would try to take it off herself, but she wouldn’t get near it.  I finally had to hold her down and pull out the scissors.  She screamed a lot and then didn’t even actually feel anything when I cut it off.  I hope she gets more brave when it comes to us.

Otherwise she is back to her normal – spunky and testing us.  We have been putting both kids down in the same room at the same time at night for the last couple weeks.  Our rule is no talking/no noise.  Usually both kids are pretty good at being quiet, but last night we had to go in at least 6 times over an hour and a half before we finally convinced Li Li that she needed to be quiet.  We tried everything.  What finally worked was taking all of her stuffed animals away.  I hope tonight is better.

I’ve got something nasty going on with my sinuses.  My teeth and cheekbones hurt and nothing is helping.  I hope Keith gets home early today so I can go to bed.

Li Li Monday night with nose spacers and sutures.

At Children's just after the procedure.

Li Li today. The shiny stuff is the glue. She's still bruised on that side. A definite improvement though!

About kelly_e

We live in WA state and have been traveling the road of adoption since 2/07. We have a biological son who is a joy and look forward to bringing home his sister soon.
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6 Responses to Looking and Feeling Better

  1. Reena says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Glad to hear that Liliana is recovering nicely. I hope the lip cleaning gets easier.

    We have trouble with our girls staying up talking and bouncing in their cribs etc., when it is time to go to sleep. We can usually get them to settle down by going in the room– but sometimes, all bets are off!

    Take care,

  2. Auntie Carrie says:

    I’m glad Liliana’s surgical procedures are over for awhile now. I definitely see an improvement in her nose already. Sorry you aren’t feeling well, Kelly. Hang in there — Love you,

  3. Sandy says:

    Glad Liliana is doing better! Praying that you are feeling better soon.

  4. Jennifer Pratt says:

    I am glad she is doing better. My teeth and gums have been bothering me for about a week. Sometimes so much I have a throbbing headache and it makes my ears hurt. If you find anything out let me know. Maybe I have the same thing.

  5. Adrienne says:

    LiLi is so beautiful! She is such a cute little girl (even post-op). I hope you are feeling better. If you need anything let me know!

  6. charity morine says:

    Hi! My husband and I are adopting from China and would love to hear from someone who has adopted a child with a cleft lip and palate as we are also considering doing so. But we are somewhat nervous about that possibility because my nephew had that condition and has had many many difficulties along the way. How has your experience been with her surgeries? Thank you very much for your blog!! 🙂
    Charity Morine

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