It’s surgery day!
If you think about our family, we’d appreciate your prayers as our son is having his first surgery to fix his cleft palate this morning. I say “his first” because it is the first of many to come as kids with cleft palates typically have multiple surgeries, sometimes through the age of 18. But, today is significant because it’s our son’s first surgery with us and one of the biggest ones.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term cleft lip and palate, it’s basically where a child is born with a split in the lip that continues through the nose and upper part of their mouth, all the way through the uvula (that dangly thing in the back of your throat).
Because our son’s lip was repaired in china, only his gums and palate are still open.
What the plastic surgeon will do is take skin from both sides of his palate and pull it together to close the gap. In time, he will need multiple following surgeries including a bone graft, possible lip and nose adjustments, and continuing orthodontic care for his teeth. He will also have extensive speech therapy to help him learn to talk with his new mouth!
We began our morning at 4:00am to make it to the hospital by 5:30am for check-in.
No shoes required, we made the trip in our pj’s.
Once we got to the hospital, they had their own pj’s for us to wear! He pretty much rocked them.
We played in the toy room for a little bit…
…and our sleepy medicine began to kick in.
In a few minutes, his three surgeons came in to see him (there would be three surgeries under this one general anesthesia). A few minutes more and they rolled him back for surgery.
And, now, we’re waiting…
This is the hard part.
I’ll add to this post as our day continues. Thanks for your prayers! We love this little guy with all our hearts and it breaks my heart to think about his surprise when he wakes up and everything hurts! Unfortunately with the language barrier, even though we looked at pictures and talked about the surgery, I don’t think he understood what this day would look like for him. I’m dreading seeing him in pain!