March 30, 2008

Time to Wake Up

Dr. Mulliken came out and said the surgery went great.
* He was able to close the entire palate.
* There may be one small pin-sized whole left, but either way it wouldn't make a difference on eating, speech, etc. If anything maybe a little bit of milk would shoot out his nose every now and then. But again, it could be completely closed. We'll see.
* He placed a packing tightly inside the palate area which will stay in for 2 days. It is soaked in some kind of antibacterial solution that has the consistency of pine tar. Tastes gross and is dark red. Pretty messy.
* He has a nice full-sized uvula - sounds funny, but it's great news - Here's why: Uvula
* * He injected steroids into Bauer's lip to help with the scarring and encouraged us to keep massaging it daily

They called us back to see our little man about 6:00 p.m. He looked so sweet. His face was pretty swollen, but not near as bad as last time. It takes a good while for them to fully awake so the nurses just have us sit by him and wait. It's hard to watch him start waking because you can tell his throat is hurting, he's obviously in pain, and is somewhat confused. The nurses said that his breathing sounded great. It didn't seem like he had as much goo in his throat as other babies. We've always laughed about how big Bauer's head it, but the nurse said it probably has played in his favor because a larger head means larger throat passage which may have helped in less gunk build-up. It's so neat to think God knew this ahead of time and purposely made Bauer with a 95th percentile head for a reason. We realize it isn't soley for the puropse of this surgery, but it's not an accident either.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb" Psalm 139:13
"..even the very hairs of your head are all numbered" Matthew 10:30
He is in control of every thing from beginning to end.

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