Wednesday, August 24, 2011

10 Weeks Post Surgery

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It has been ten weeks since Lilah's eye surgery.

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She has healed very well and all the doctors are very happy with her outcome. We have to massage her scars 3x per day, but her surgeon said that if it was going to pull down more, it would have by now. Massaging helps reduce the build up of scar tissue and makes the scar less visible.

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Lilah has handled everything without complaint of any kind.

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Lilah has many more surgeries in her future.

Most of them will be when she is around the age of six or seven. They will take a bone graft from her skull and mold it to fit into the cleft in her face. They may also do some fat injections to build up the right cheek under her eye. They will also attempt to fix her right nostril, by taking cartilage from her ear and using that to make a new nostril, but right now that cartilage is too soft to use. The muscle above her lip (where she had a cleft lip- that was fixed while she was still in China) bulges quite a bit, especially when sucking or smiling and they will try to redo that as well.

Some of these surgeries may be done at the same time, but since the plans always seem to change, who knows...

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This eye surgery made a huge change in her appearance. It will never be perfect. When she smiles, that eye does not squint like her other eye and the cheek does not move in the same way as the left cheek. The right eye will always be a few millimeters lower than the left eye and she will never have that beautiful Asian eyelid crease that her left eye has.

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But we think she is beautiful.

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Lilah's optometrist is always very happy with Lilah's vision improvements. She needs to continue to wear her patch for a couple of hours a day, but the good news is that she may no longer need glasses when she reaches the age of seven or eight years. By then her brain should be retrained into using her right eye. The vision won't be perfect in her right eye, but the impairment should be minor enough that she won't need glasses. When she is older, she could even just wear a contact in that eye.

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As a reminder... here is her before picture.

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14 comments:

Jireh-Shaddai said...

Aww, she's a very sweet girl!! Just God's hand could make so cute her face, im amazed, you really love her so much :) blessings and hugs

Kennedy and Jaida's mom said...

Lilah is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing her story with us.

the meaklims said...

I can hardly believe it's been 10 weeks since surgery. Her healing process is incredibly fast.

She is perfectly beautiful. What a strong girl, I couldn't be more proud of her.

PS - Did she ever get the card in the mail? I know it got stuck for a week or more with the postal strike, but I'm hoping it finally made it! :)

The Denis Family said...

She is very beautiful...and growing up so fast! her eye looks amazing! Miah's scaring is quite thick this time around, but she will not let me massage it as she says it hurts...I wonder if I should?

Monica said...

Beautiful! She looks so wonderful and I'm amazed to hear that she hasn't complained at all (I sure would!!).

Paige said...

Jill - I never did get a card, maybe it is lost!
Kim - You should massage her scar, it will reduce the thickness, they never really like it, but it will work.

Monica said...

Paige,
Lilah's looks have changed so much. What a beautiful little girl inside and out.
I Samuel 16:7

Blessings,
Monica

Denise said...

I can't believe what a difference that one surgery has made! She is adorable. I keep thinking what a wonderful gift you are giving your girls - but esp. Lilah, with all the beautiful photographs you have of her. I'm sure that she will look back on them someday and know you found her beautiful in every stage of her life. <3

Marie said...

Lilah is beyond beautiful and that is not only from your perspective...I think sometimes we wonder how others see our children who have some deformity and we wonder if our love for our child prevents us from seeing them as they really are...trust me you are seeing Lilah as she really is! She is gorgeous!

Ellie said...

She IS beautiful! your sweet Lilah. Her eye looks amazing!

What a blessing she is!!!

xo ellie

The Drinkwaters said...

We think she is beautiful as well! Sylvie loves to see pictures of Lilah.

We are messaging Mary's lips as well. Do you use a special cream? We are using silicone gel, wondering if you find this works as well? Luckily Mary doesn't seem to mind too much, as long as we sing to her while doing it!

Patrick and Christina said...

Lovely, beautiful photo's of Lilah!

Her first surgery is really amazing. She is a beautiful little girl! Hope she is looking forward to starting preschool this fall! ;)

Blessings to all of you.

Danae said...

Lilah is a sweet beauty. Thank you for sharing her journey!

the meaklims said...

I just remembered that I asked you about the card and came back to see if you answered me, finally!

I'm so sad she didn't get it. :( I sent it in the middle of the postal strike, but didn't think for a minute that it wouldn't eventually get to you. My sister had also sent a card with money in it for (our) Lilah's birthday and it never got to us either. Silly old Canada Post.

Jill