Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy To Be Home!

Mei Mei continues to do very well.  It has been great to see comments from readers who have been down this road and had encouraging stories to share.  Mei Mei's recovery is so much easier than when Kim had her bone graft.  Kim's hip was horribly painful after the procedure.

In the playroom just hours after surgery.  Her face is much more swollen today. 
For those who do not live in the "cleft world" there is a nice explanation here

She had two oral surgeries and braces, in preparation for the surgery, so she's ready to be done with this rodeo. 

Mei Mei is now home, lounging on the couch watching Sesame Street, and asking me every five minutes when she can have hard food.

When Kim had this surgery her surgeon allowed soft foods after just a few days.  Mei Mei's surgeon is much more cautious and only allows liquids and soft foods blended up.  For four weeks.

Four weeks peoples!  The blender and I will become very good friends.  Ugh.  This does not sound like fun.  Especially for Mei Mei.  But I've already been googling recipes!  Thanks again for all the prayers.  We now pray that the bone graft will take so she will be DONE with surgery!


Anonymous said...

So good to hear that everything went well with MeiMei. That is wonderful. It is amazing how different the advice from different surgeons is. My girls had their surgeries at about 10am, were home at about 5pm and we were told that they could eat as they felt able, so one of them had mashed potatoes and ribs for dinner that night! We took the meat off the bone, but she dug in and enjoyed a remarkably large serving. Her hip was definitely more of a problem for her than her jaw, but even that took only a few days to be well on the way back to normal. The only thing we were told to be cautious of was sports in case they were hit in the face, so we kept them out of soccer for about 4 weeks.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Eat lots of ice cream!


Ann said...

Wow MayLynne! I can't help but wonder if it depends on the amount of bone that is needed to be grafted or something? I also know it differs from surgeon to surgeon. My daughter has this splint in her mouth that looks like it would be so obnoxious! She can't wait to get it out. It seems like it would actually make infection more likely to occur--but I'm not a doctor even tho I think I am! LOL! Ann

Anonymous said...

Even though I have two different kids, their surgeries and recoveries were remarkably similar to each other--and both thankfully quite easy. I don't know what makes the difference. You could be right about the amount of bone,(although one of the girls had a cleft that was larger than any our oral surgeon of many years had ever seen) or maybe surgical techniques? Both girls had expanders to shape their jaws before surgery that stayed in for about 6 months after surgery until the bone was solidly grafted, but no obnoxious splints. That sounds pretty yucky and bothersome at the very least. How long does that stay in? Continued good wishes.


maggie k said...

It seems that not only do the kids vary in how they recover from the surgery but also that the dr's advice varies widely. Our older daughter just had her surgery May 21st and could only have liquid food for 2 weeks. Then she moved on to soft foods for the rest of the time until the splint comes out July 16th. And no sports, anything involving wheels like bikes and scooters, no swimming, no straws, etc. So pretty limited in terms of activities because they are worried about the splint being knocked out or infection. But she is a trooper and once we got on to soft foods has been handling it well. But the liquid food part was really not fun so I pass along the recipe for her favorite smoothie. The Reese's Peanutbutter cup: one large scoop of plain yoghurt, big tablespoon of peanut butter, one chocolate pudding cup and enough milk to make it liquid - really tastes just like a peanut buttercup. Good luck!

Ann said...

Maggie, thank you for the recipe! This looks like a winner and also a way to get in some protein, which I feel is the hardest thing to get in with the liquid diet. Our daughter has the splint for 2 weeks, then continues with blended/liquid foods for another 2 weeks, then soft foods for another 2 weeks. Like you daughter, she cannot participate in any physical activities or sports that might hit her in the mouth or hit her hip (it can fracture more easily until the body replaces the lost bone in the hip). It's interesting how different surgeons have different rules.