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The previous post included photos of my daughter that I don’t want the world to see, but I do want to share with those who know and love her, and those who will walk through cleft surgeries like this with their own children.  Please contact me for the password, which is unique to that post only.

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Recovering and Surgery #3

Seems like someone is always recovering in our house – and we’re only half way through the surgery season!  Sorry to leave you hanging.  My gallbladder surgery took place last Tuesday – 6 days ago.  It wiped me out for four days and now I’m nearing normal again.

I have more incisions than I expected – 4 across my abdomen.  I had a “robotic” laproscopic surgery, and thought I’d only have 1-2 incisions and that one would be in my belly button.  But, these are much bigger than I expected.  The good news is that my doctor said the gallbladder had the two big stones and many others, so it definitely needed to come out.  I have beautiful pictures of it.

I had a hard time coming out of anesthesia – the nurse in the recovery room said that I gave her a scare.  I was having a bit of a hard time breathing and was nauseous, and couldn’t keep my eyes open.  My heartbeat was irregular and they did a chest x ray and EKG on me before they sent me home.  Both weren’t worrisome, I guess.  I slept the rest of the day, just drinking juice and water.  The next day I was up a bit and ate light meals, but my night I was really nauseous and vomiting often.  I couldn’t even keep water down and my irregular heart beat came back.  I couldn’t eat anything on Thursday and really started to get worried of dehydration in the evening, but in the middle of the night I started to feel better and kept water down.  I think it was the pain meds.  After that I only stayed on Tylenol and now I’m mostly off of that too.

I’m so thankful that my mom could come over for several days to take care of the kids (mostly Micah), since I can’t lift him yet.  I’m also thankful that he’s attached well and I don’t have to worry about him while Grammi takes care of him.

On Saturday we drove south to Portland, where Li Li had a gymnastics meet.  We were undecided if we’d all go, but I would hate to miss it.  She had a good meet and got first again in the all around.  This is a big confidence boost for her, especially as she has to take the next month off of gym for her own recovery.

Wednesday is surgery day #3 for this year.  Li Li will have her bone graft surgery early in the morning.  There is a big of her upper gum that doesn’t have bone it (cleft related), and so they will take some bone from her hip and place it in there.  Because it is so unstable until it sets, she can’t do any physical activity and must eat soft foods for 6-8 weeks.  Her hip will hurt a lot for the first week , but should be fine within 2 weeks.  It’s her face we really have to protect.  So wish she didn’t have to go through this.  So far she seems to be handling her worries well.

 

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