Her surgery is set for August 7th (two weeks from today) and it will be about a 3 hour surgery. They are going to repair the hard and soft palate, which I can only imagine is going to be worse than the lip/nose repair. She's going to have to learn how to swallow all over again, and eventually she'll be able to suck for the first time!
The hardest part about all this is going to be our recovery time. Our plastic surgeon has very strict post -op rules.
- 6 weeks of wearing arm restraints
- 6 weeks of eating ONLY formula out of a squeeze bottle
- 6 weeks of no solids
- 6 weeks of NOTHING in her mouth
- 6 weeks of pure hell
They are also going to be repairing the soft palate and repairing the muscle as well. This is what will help with her speech later on. Without the repairing of the muscle, she will have a lifetime of speech therapy...so fingers crossed she repairs it perfect!
If any of you know Isla, you know that restraining her for 6 weeks is going to be the worst part of this whole experience. So prayers, good vibes and energy please! We will need it.