Ella's surgery was long and difficult, taking nearly 5 and a half hours today. It was completely agonizing for Erik and I. The surgeon said that since her opening is very tiny it made it all the more difficult placing the distractors. We had a good surprise though...after breaking her jaw, he was able to get into her mouth with enough room to close her cleft palate. We were extremely happy with this as it will make for one less surgery down the road. He said some of her muscles were strong, some were weak, and one didn't move at all...so we'll just have to see what that means for swallowing in the future.
What we are not so happy about is how much pain this little one is in. She is on morphine and dilaudid around the clock, but is still very uncomfortable. She keeps crying, wimpering, and signing to me she has an owie on her mouth and where the IV is placed. Her face is swollen and the doctor said we can expect the swelling to increase until day 3, then it usually starts to come down. It is breaking our hearts to see her in this much pain so I just ask you all to pray for her comfort and that this all becomes a distant memory to her. Erik and I feel horrible though we know it was the best decision for her. I just hope she forgives us :(. She already is giving me these awful stares, but not to Erik of course...Daddies always get a pass from their little girls.
Hoping and praying for a better tomorrow...
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love, prayers, and support.