Our Family is Complete!
Alihan came home April 3, 2008. Now to continue the story of raising 3 cleft-affected children--joys and challenges
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Currently at the hospital with Julia. Bone graft done today and she is gorked. She had issues last time--so they let her sleep off the anesthesia instead of doing a reversal in the OR--and 10 hours later she is still sleepy. I'm not complaining---I'm a big believer in sleep. We had tears starting right in the preop area when she knew she was going back, but luckily one of the ladies in child life--whom I'm lucky enough to work with--knew she was coming and helped prep her(thanks Heather!) I carried her back to the OR and held her in my arms until she went under. Yes--that is common practice here at AFCH--I'm proud of my hospital for being a leader in this practice. Who else better to comfort their child besides the parent?? But I digress. As always, best nurses, technician, doctors ever!! Besides the bone graft--which involved taking a little bit of bone from her hip and transferring it to her gumline--she also had tubes placed in her ears. Her hearing has steadily gone downhill in the past 2 years. So--time for tubes before it gets worse. She woke up very nicely in the PACU (thanks Katie!). We transferred up to P4 and have had great nursing staff--Claude, Sarah and Kristen so far. IV antibiotics and a full liquid diet. She loved the tomato soup! Some nausea and a dose of zofran--great drug! Visitors today also--Olivia and her mom, Ms. Troia, and then friends of ours, the Freys, sent a balloon and stuffed dog. We are so blessed to have such wonderful people around us--friends, family, and a wonderful group of coworkers.
So, above is Julia before--modeling her new pedicure and hairstyle--and after.