Monday, December 7, 2009

Three Years and Three Surgeries

KayLi's first surgery was to repair her cleft lip and it took place in 2007 at the Hospital of Jining Medical School, in Shandong, China. She was seven months old and I pray that one of the nannies from her orphanage was with her as she recovered.

Her second surgery was to repair her cleft palate and it took place on Sept.23rd, 2009 at the Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, Tx. Praise God we were with her to comfort and care for her as she recovered.

Now she is having her third surgery to revise her lip, reconstruct her nose and replace both slipped ear tubes, this Wednesday at Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, Tx. We will be with her again and would like to ask you to pray for her. Last time she had know idea what to expect. This time there is no blissful ignorance.

When we took her for pre-surgical clearance last week she was not happy about it. She wanted to take one of her babies with her and the nurses and doctor were so sweet to take it's temp, blood pressure and check it's ears. All was well until they had to draw blood. Let's just say it wasn't pretty. Now when we talk about going to the doctor "to fix her lip and nose" she says "No KayLi doctor. Baby doctor."

It should be a simple day surgery to "build more of a ball tip and make her nostrils more symmetrical." I'm praying that the shorter surgical time will mean less anesthesia and that she comes out of it easier than last time. I'm certain that God placed her in our family to heal her and trust that He will be right there in the operating room with her.

Her palate surgery felt so necessary that I really just wanted to get it done and over with. This time...well I'm going to miss her little smooshed nose. I can't help but think that since I no longer notice it that no one else does either. My head knows that her appearance will play a huge part in developing a positive self image. And that it's best to get this done while she is hopefully young enough to forget all about it. But my heart wonders if it's really necessary to put her through a third surgery. Can't we just send her to karate classes to take care of the teasing kid on the school play ground? I'm kinda having to talk myself into this one. So would you be so kind as to say a little prayer for KayLi's mama too :0)

Oh Yeah, the silly picture above...she loved it when Allie came in from the cold last week and put his coveralls on her!!!


Tara Anderson said...


We're here in the Dallas area. If you need ANYTHING during your stay, please don't hesitate to let us know! If you just need to "get away" for awhile and hang out at a house instead of a waiting room or a hotel room...or even if you need someone to grab a cup of coffee with. I'm only about 45 minutes away from Forest Park, and I head that way to visit a favorite gift shop of mine all the time. Seriously, feel free to "bother" me and "burden" would bring me much delight! :) In the meantime, know that I am praying for you and KayLi.

Many Blessings,

P.S. I think that "smooshed" noses are just precious!!! I can totally understand why you would miss it! :)

Jenn said...

I will be praying for Kayli and for you! I know exactly how you are feeling!!!

Hugs and blessings to you!

Jenn said...

I think I ALWAYS misspell KayLi's name! So sorry! :)

Kristi said...

Oh how I relate to kids not wanting to go to the doctor. Mine are terrified too ~ I blame it on catching them up on vaccines.
And I also understand the self image vs. additional surgery. While Darcy won't require actual surgery, we are faced with the decision of laser surgery or not. I'll be praying for you as well as your sweet baby!

Hunan Mommy said...

What you wrote is exactly how we are feeling! I love what you wrote about God handing her to you to heal her. This is EXACTLY what we talk about. ou will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers for quick healing.

Sharon said...

Will be praying...Hudson has to get his tonsils out in Jan because they are SO large to make room for his soft palate repair this spring..dreading them both!