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!!