update: post-palate surgery

Most of you know that Judah had his palate surgery this past Wednesday.  After a few long days in the hospital, we came home Friday afternoon.  Recovery has gone slow -- poor Judah is absolutely miserable!  His surgeon told us that Judah's repair was pretty extensive (more than most), but that's because his cleft was bilateral and very wide!  (BTW- we love Judah's surgeon, Dr. John Grant, and the cleft team at Children's Hospital of AL!)  We'll see Dr. Grant in about three weeks, and at that point he should see good indication of Judah's healing, or foreseeable complications.  Of course, you know what we're praying for!  For now, it's a soft food diet and arm restraints.

Judah's nasal cavity, palate and top of his throat were all reworked (for lack of a better term), which I'm sure is extremely painful -- but he also has a low-grade fever and what appears to be a sinus infection.  Not only is he learning to breathe with a reduced air-way, his air-way is full of snot!  I think the most difficult part for him is sleep, simply because he cannot breathe and therefore constantly wakes himself up.

I've also wasted more juice, milk, pediasure, pedialyte, sorbet....he just is not in the mood to eat or drink...nothing feels right in his mouth.

All that said, he's been a trooper!  I really am proud of him!  He sure has been through a lot in the first 20-months of his life!  Gracious thanks to you who have been praying for him -- you're prayers are felt every day!!


Greg and Laura said...

Praying for little Judah's recovery. Your boys are both so adorable! Miss you guys!!

Michele said...

Hi Alisa,

I have followed your blog for bit. I'm friends with April (Sage) Branch. We were friends on FB for a while, but not anymore, though I'm not sure why?? Anyway, we are with AW too. We got a call today for a little girl that is delayed, from Gansu. Her only "need" is she is physically delayed. She can't sit, etc. She is almost 2. I'd love to connect with you if you're willing. You can email me at jackjujam at live dot com.

Thank you so much! I hope everyone is doing well if your family!!

Amy said...

Praying for a speedy and full recovery - as well as some sleep .

Jenny said...

Praying for Judah as he continues to recover! Hope to see you guys again soon and introduce you to Selah!

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