Monday, July 28, 2008

Obturator Removal

Elmo had another rough day in surgery (his third!) He's getting to be an old pro at this. Mama and Baba got a call roughly 15 minutes into the procedure with a report that......

Micah's palate is intact and healing well!!!!!!

Tears were shed as Mama leapt into Baba's arms. Micah remained in the OR until his teeth were cleaned of all the gunk that had built up over the past five weeks.

We had a visit from the dental surgeon who was nearly as happy as we were to see that palate closed. He said "It's the weekend and I'm going to celebrate. I'm leaving before anything can go wrong!" He kept the obturator so they can document what was used and worked so very well. Micah still has some stitches dissolving and part of the palate is quite thin. This should get better and better over time. But because of this we are continuing the soft diet for a while longer, yet.

When Micah returned to his room, he was quite distraught to learn that once again he was wearing no-no's. The staff was adamant that the no-no's stay on and that he not cry. OK, not going to happen! Mama was unable to convince them that this wasn't pain, but a temper tantrum over the no-no's, so he got another dose of pain meds. After we were left alone in the room, I took the no-no's off anyways, after getting Micah to agree to "no hands in mouth." Once those and the IV were removed, he was able to calm himself down. He didn't want to stay in the hospital room, so he spent his post-op time in the hallway eating popsicles and playing with Mama and Baba.
Please pray that Micah's palate will continue to heal without developing any holes.

10 comments:

Katie said...

Congratulations Ladman family! I'm so happy to hear that Micah's palate is together and healing well!!!!! :)

I check in with you regularly here. This news was so great, I couldn't help posting!! It was such a privilege to be with you together in China.

Katie Self
(Ryan, Jonah, and Grady)

amy said...

Praying and will miss you this week. SO happy to hear this

Kevin and Violet said...

Awesome news! Glad to hear everything is going well. We will keep Micah in our prayers.

Kevin and Violet

redmaryjanes said...

I will pray for little Micah! You guys are going to be very close to us. When Tim gets home tonight, we'll let you know some days we can meet.

Donna said...

Wonderful news!!!!! So happy that his palate is closed and let's pray it stays that way! He's getting to be an old pro at this hospital thing!

Jen & Bill said...

Yeah...I have been waiting for an update!
I'm so glad that it is healing well!

Julie said...

I hope everything heals well and quickly. Micah is such a brave little guy. Every time you go over another hurdle I'm so glad that one more is down.

Laura and Erik said...

We are glad to hear Micah's palate is closed and he is doing so well! Hope to see you at First Fridays this week or sometime soon so the boys can meet.
Laura, Erik, Ellie Grace, and Niklas

FHL said...

I am so so so glad that he's healing so well!!! And wear no-no's and not cry, is that possible for a child...even the name sounds bad :-O

The Evans Family said...

so glad to hear the good news! Let the healing continue!