We were in the pre-op area for quite some time as well and were pleasantly surprised when Dr. Urata came to ask if we had any last minute questions. "When are we going to get the show on the road???" No, not really quite that blunt. ;) He mentioned that he was going to just focus on the lip repair...no nose. Hmmm, I guess that's a good thing, less change! He takes off and we wait quite a while longer. Tessa had gotten her "happy juice" so she's pretty much in a daze (glued to cartoons). Mark and I weren't necessarily in the mood to chit-chat. So, there we sat. Just thinking, letting my mind wander to the "what ifs". I got pretty weepy a few times. As they rolled her bed out into the hallway Mark hands me the camera. I decided I was a bit too shaken up to get the movie of them taking her away. (I don't think Tessa would really appreciate the state her mother was in while recording the movie...she watches them all the time!) Here's a little something I did get though...pretty good spirits, you think? :)
Pretty impressive, huh?
So, how's Tessa doing with all this? Pretty good. The first 24 hours she was extremely melancholy. (That's Mark's word. :)) We took her home after she drank some fluids and ate a popsicle. She got a nice wheelchair ride all the way to our car...pretty sweet deal! The whole time, pretty expressionless. She was worked! But, we got to take our baby home. :) Praise the Lord! We left at the prime rush hour time but didn't hit much traffic. Praise the Lord. We put in her prescription and they bent the rules to get us bubblegum flavored medicine. Praise the Lord. Grandpa and Grandma Fieldhouse went to the store to pick up some popsicles and then met us at home with proud sister, Molly. Praise the Lord. So much to be thankful for!
Molly's reaction..."Tessa owie, why? Why Tessa owie?
We realized very quickly that she doesn't like her nose splints, they are REALLY bothering her and she's concerned with others are going to say when they see the splints. "Mom, what if my friends laugh at me or think I look funny?" I personally don't think the splints are that bad (they're clear), it's the black blood that is pooling under her nose that bothers me. It just makes things look all the more painful! I've learned today, though, from my patient husband, to NOT pick at it! I had been taking a tweezers to the dry blood (not the scabs) and trying to pick it off. It wasn't doing any good. I thought it might make Tessa's first look in the mirror a little less dramatic. Is this MY vanity coming out? Please forgive me, Lord, if it is. She doesn't want anything bothering her in that area. (She's still bleeding, mostly out of her nose.) The first look in the mirror wasn't that bad. She looks very different but the only thing she saw was the splint.
I think she's just plain uncomfortable. Poor thing. She's having a tough time talking & smiling (even with her eyes) today. It's got to feel so weird to her. She did, however, sing a bit tonight. THAT made us happy, I think our Tessa is slowly coming back. :)
She's asleep in her bed again tonight...breathing VERY heavily. I'm thinking that probably has something to do with those stinkin' nose splints! Only 2 days shy of a month before they come out! Whoo-Hoo! Only 5 more days of yucky medicine! (The bubblegum just isn't hiding that awful taste.) It's going to be a long road ahead here, folks. Please don't stop praying for us. We've got some giants to face. I am confident that God gives us the strength we need for the times we need it most. He's at work for sure! She's been pretty sheltered/confined these last couple of days...we can only "protect" her so much. From here, people will be people and kids will be kids. God, give her strength!
I'll do my best to take more pictures so you can watch the healing process. :)