Yesterday was Livi's first dr. appointment for her cleft lip/palate. She saw the orthodontist and the surgeon who will do all lip and palate operations.
It was really just a consult and info appointment to see where we needed to get started with her care.
The ortho first thought, upon seeing her, that the gap in her gums is rather large and may need to have a procedure done before we could go forward with her lip repair. It would involve having a device surgically implanted into her gums with pins going up into her palate. It would then be tightened over 3 weeks to bring that gum line together a bit.
When we saw the other surgeon, he agreed that it may be normally something that she would need....but because of her age (it has a better result on babies) and it being 2 additional surgeries, he felt we could go without it. Good.
So, as of now, I'm waiting to hear from the surgical scheduler to find out when her lip repair will be. They said they would like to get her in within the month.
After that, we wait 6-8 weeks for that to heal and then do the palate.
That means that by the time summer is over, she will look like a very different little girl.
I'm nervous for her and the discomfort she is certainly in for......
but I'm so excited for her too. It will be a whole new life for her.
The second thing is that Tyler was nominated for and accepted into the National Junior Honor's Society. YAY Tyler! He had to write an essay about why he should be accepted. He also had to ask an adult (non-family member......he asked his best friend's mom) to write a recommendation for him. It is also based on his grades and conduct.
He found out today that he was among the kids chosen. We are soooo proud of him. He's such a nice boy and just a really good kid.
He graduates from 8th grade this year and I can't believe he's starting high school this fall.
Am I old enough for this?
Way to go, Tyler!
You make us very happy.