Thursday, January 10, 2008

Preparing for Surgery #2

Well, here we are again...the day before Tessa's second surgery. I think I can speak for both Mark and myself in saying that we're feeling much better about this one than the first. However, the closer it gets the more I've been thinking about it and soaking in what Tessa's precious little lip looks like right now. Obviously the surgery is going to better her situation, but she's just so darn cute with that hole in her lip! (If anyone told me that I'd be feeling this way about my daughter's cleft lip while I was still pregnant I would have laughed at's amazing how much I don't even realize that she looks different from other babies, if anything...she's cuter! ;))
Anyway, I also think it might be a tad more difficult recovering this time around, not to sound pessimistic, but...Tessa is a go-getter. She's loving the fact that she can move around (not quite crawling, she's got her own style of getting from one point to the next) and that is what is going to be a challenge with those "no-nos" on. She's getting the hang of pulling herself up in her crib and that is going to be tough on her...praise the Lord they only have to stay on for one week!
Also, praise God that we will (hopefully) be able to feed her with her bottle this time around! No more syringe feedings! (That was quite the ordeal last time.)

What is happening in THIS surgery?
Dr. Wells is going to perform a "lip adhesion" on Tessa's right side. Basically, he's going to take skin from both sides (nose and outer mouth) and sew them together. This is going to put quite a bit of tension on the already healed left side. His goal is to center the premaxilla (skin under her nose).
How long will it last?
Not sure how long the surgery is going to take. Last one took 2.5 hours, this one shouldn't take that long. She will be put under though.
Will she have to spend the night in the hospital?
When is her next surgery?
Before she turns one. (Her birthday is April 21st)
Where will the surgery be done?
Long Beach Memorial
What time?
7:30 a.m.
How can we pray for you?
Pray for Dr. Wells. Pray that he gets a good night sleep tonight and that he has wisdom in the operating room tomorrow morning. Pray for steady fingers/hands. Pray that he knows exactly what to do this step and that the next steps fall right into place after this surgery.
Pray for Tessa. Pray that her little body heals quickly, pray that she isn't in too much pain and that it goes away sooner rather than later. Pray for her to be able to relax after surgery and just chill in our arms (instead of wanting to go-go-go). Pray for her to be OK with her hole closed up (she loves to stick her tongue in that very spot. :)
Pray for Mark and me. Pray that we will be able to rest in God's arms tomorrow morning. Pray that we are prepared for what Tessa looks like coming out of surgery. Pray for wisdom and creativity in dealing with a little girl who is going to be restricted for a few days. Pray for an added measure of strength and health for all of us as we will be staying in the hospital during cold & flu season.
Are visitors allowed?

We will keep you all posted in how things are going (it gets a little boring in the hospital). Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts and prayers!


Olga said...

You've got my prayers! I will be holding you all up in prayer...Please let me know once you get home if you need me to run an errand....Golden Spoon? :)
Trusting in God....

Proverbs 3:5~6

august said...

ill absolutely be praying for you!

Megan said...

Thanks for the list of things to pray for! Chris and I pray for Tessa every night but it is always good to have specifics. Love you all and can't wait to see Tessa and her beautiful new smile!

Laura VanderWaal said...

We will be thinking of you and praying for all you! She will do great!

Chrissy Padilla said...

Thank you for the FAQ section on your blog :) You have a lot of people praying for you right now!

Call me if you need any comic relief :)