Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Visit to the surgeon

The surgeon we have for E seems really great. My friend A who has had 2 children with cleft lip/palate recommended using The Cleft Palate Foundation to find teams in our area. So the doctor my OB/GYN recommended happens to be the head of one of the AZ teams. Hooray! R and I met him this morning and he seems great. The nurse talked to us as well, mostly about breastfeeding issues, and we got a special needs feeder from her to try and get used to.

So E will have the lip surgery around 2.5-3 months (10 weeks or so), and he has to weigh 10 pounds. I think there is a rule of 10s: 10 weeks, 10 pounds, 10mg (?) of hemoglobin. Then, the palate surgery will be at 6-7 months. Both surgeries are overnight stay, and I think he said that the lip surgery was about 60 minutes of anesthesia. I'm not sure if the palate one is longer, so I'll let you know when I find out. E is due January 1st, so that puts him in surgery around March, which they said is good because RSV season will be about over.

That reminds me: I'm publicly announcing that I'm not taking E anywhere for the first 3 months. If you want to come over and see him you must wash hands and not be sick at all! I may even keep some face masks available. Not kidding. I don't want him catching anything on top of everything else. So, y'all know :)

I'll keep you posted on any new information. The next bit will probably come after the ultrasound next week. Fingers crossed that everything looks great in there!


Hubers said...

I'm so glad you like the surgeon. It's nice not to have to look around for a surgeon a ton with all the stress.
Keep us posted on how things are going. Are there any risk of pre-mature delivery?

kendahl said...

I don't think so. I'm not considered a high-risk pregnancy even, because I asked them today. That's a good question though. I go to the ob/gyn on Thursday and I'll ask.

Kristi said...

Sounds like everything is coming together nicely. Hooray for you!! That is awesome that you found a surgeon that you're happy with.
I don't blame you for keeping Eli at home for the first 3 months. Philip was our preemie weighing in at a whopping 8 lbs. 10 ozs. with RDS. I didn't take him anywhere for 2 months, maybe a little longer. The trick was keeping his older siblings hands clean!! Good luck with Miles! :)

Jacque said...

You sound so prepared already. I can't wait to see your sweet little Eli! I'm glad you found such a wonderful surgeon and those bottles look really cool! Take care!

Fowler family said...

So you got a special needs feeder- those are also called haberman. I'll try and see if I can round you up some other bottles to try so you have an assortment to choose from.

We too kept Jimmy inside for the first 2 months (prior to his surgery). He was born December 29th, and we were worried about him getting sick before surgery. My husband made a little sign for the door which told people to go was their hands. We were a little more laid back with our second son, but I don't blame you for wanting go protect your baby from RSV. Keep me posted on how that ultrasound goes. -Anna

gretchen said...

I'm so glad you found a good surgeon. It sounds like you have access to some really great care and info. What a good mommy you will be for Eli. And I totally am with you on being cautious for the first 3 months. I am the same with my babies, and I kept Evan away from everyone before his ear tube surgeries too.