Friday, October 15, 2010
We are trying to wait so patiently to go get Zoe, but it feels like it is taking forever! The days are full and go by quickly and I know that the next 21 days will be gone before we know it... it is just so slow! Lilah asks everyday, how many more? The chain is getting shorter...
Lilah saw the plastic surgeon again last week. They have come up with a new plan that they believe will work out better for her. Instead of three separate surgeries, they want to do it all in one big one. Their biggest concern was how they were going to bring the right side of her nose down and they have decided that they will separate that side of the nose and pull the whole right side down as far as they can. Instead of taking bone from her skull to fix the cleft, they will somehow push the whole right cheek over which will give that area the soft tissue it needs and the lower eyelid skin to work with, without having to do tissue expander's. I don't understand the whole process at this point (honestly, I don't know if I want to know the gory details) but I know that plastic surgeons can do really amazing things! I have full confidence in these surgeons.
We are hoping to book the surgery for the spring, so she can heal before we put her in preschool next year. They would like to wait, because she is so tiny, it makes it very difficult, but they do understand that it is best to have it done before school age.
Micah also has some dental issues, due to an infection he had when he was younger. All of his back adult molars enamel is really bad and crumbling. He has already had a bad experience at the dentist, when he needed some teeth pulled and his new six year molars need some work and have numerous cavities. Because this won't be the only work he needs done over the next few years, we have decided it is best to have this work done in the OR at the University Hospital. He will be having surgery on October 27th, and we pray there will be no complications, since this is one week before we have to leave!
I started this blog, so that friends and family and even people I don't know, who are looking at adoption, can follow along. I had posted Lilah's story on the No Hands But Ours website and I have had a few people email me regarding adopting children with Tessier Cleft. I am certainly no expert, but do love talking to others about adoption and especially Special Needs adoption.
This week I was contacted by a family looking at the file of a six year old girl with a Tessier Cleft quite similar to Lilah's and answered as many of their questions as I could. The strange little miracle in all of this, was that this little girl was operated on by EMAS Canada last year! So not only could I give them my personal opinions on this need, but the medical team that Tim traveled with to China had operated on this child and we are looking into getting more direct medical information for this family. Hopefully, they can proceed with peace of mind because of this and this child will soon have a forever family.