Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lilah's Surgery


Waiting for surgery

Going to the OR - who knew it could be so much fun

Everything went really well and we are now home. Tim and I were talking about how we both had such PEACE all day today and know it is because of all the prayers surrounding us.

Lilah is one tough little girl. She is in pain. Mostly where she has stitches by her eye. We haven't actually peeled back her bandage yet to see what it looks like, we will later when we put in her eye drops. We have been warned that it will look very tight and somewhat puckered, but will loosen up. They also repaired her tear duct and we will see when everything heals, if it works properly. She had an "extra" tear duct (that didn't do anything) on her cheek and that is now gone.

Because the tissue expander wasn't in quite as long as they had hoped, the tissue didn't have time to grow enough fat underneath it, so right now her cheek will look a little bit flatter on her right side, compared to her left. The fat will grow and fill in over the next couple of months.

Lilah woke up crying for her daddy, so he was allowed into the recovery room.


On Thursday, we can remove her bandage and she can start wearing her glasses again. We will then patch her eye only at night to keep her from touching it.

On Monday, I will take her in to get the stitches removed and they will put her under anaesthetic once again to do that.

By tomorrow, we expect her to be very swollen and bruised. But we are so glad that it is done and would appreciate continued prayers for healing and no pain.


The Denis Family said...

so glad to hear you are home...we will continue to lift you all up in prayer.

Melanie said...

looking forward to continued good reports! :)

Marie said...

So very glad to hear that everything turned out well! What a little trooper. We will continue to pray for a speedy recover and no pain. Take care...and be sure to get a good nights sleep...I'm sure you need it! :)

Danae said...

What a tough little gal.

Will be praying for no pain and a complication free recovery.

Michelle Britton said...

Glad to hear everything went really well..She is one tough cookie. We will continue to pray for all of you!

Jednet said...

So glad to hear that the surgery part went off without a hitch. Hope she'll forget all the discomfort quickly.


the meaklims said...

So strong and brave, yet she looks so tiny and vulnerable lying in your arms.

She is loved so much and that is what is getting her through this, and of course the prayers.

Praying that she will have a pain free recovery and this stage will soon be behind her. She is an amazing girl.


Beth said...

IT just amazes me how they take them in and out and now she's home - all in one day!! She sure is a toughie. Glad all the prayers helped you. I'm sure waiting is no fun for mom and dad and the family and it's nice she can be back home right away for all the family comfort. Praying her healing is quick and as painless as possible, she's been through enough.

The Drinkwaters said...

I am so glad that the surgery was successful. We will continue to pray for a quick recovery for Lilah and that her pain can be managed. What a tough little cookie, her Mama too!

Denise said...

I'm so glad you were able to post an update. We will keep praying that she recovers well.

Aaron and Erica said...

Praying for your sweet girl's speedy recovery...

Paige said...

My wife is amazing. She listened to two plastic surgeons and an occuloplastic opthalmologist throw anatomy, technique and surgeon talk back and forth before and after surgery and understands what they did with Lilahs cheek and eyelid. She kept giving us looks and forced the surgeons to draw pictures and do charades since medial canthal ligament, piriform aperture, lacrimal sac, periosteum, ethibond, and prolene are all kinda nerdy words. - tim

Melanie said...

Woowie! Go Paige!! :D

Patrick and Christina said...

Oh lots of tears looking at her all bandaged up!

Yes..." Wowie, Go Paige!" is certainly in order looking at all that medical jargon Tim listed.

We will continue to lift Lilah and all of you in prayer! Bless her little soul. Many blessings to those able hands that performed her repair! Glad to hear that it is done and she is home in loving hands.

Monica said...

I'm so relieved for you that you and Tim were able to achieve peace during the day. Lilah is fortunate to have such remarkably strong, faithfilled parents. Your strength is sure to help her in the days to come.

Best wishes to your recovering sweetie. We'll continue praying for you all.

Sharla said...

For some reason, I didn't know you had a blog and was just following along with Lilah's progress on Facebook, but I saw a link on a sidebar today that directed me here and I am so happy to see the pictures and to hear more about how she is doing. I will continue to pray for her healing.