Surgery Update #3

by Ted

Quinn pulled through surgery wonderfully, just like her sister.  The girls are both up here in our room now, just hanging out…dozing on and off.  The flurry of nurse activity that comes in the first two hours after surgery has finally started to slow down.  Michele is even attempting to take a nap here in the room with Quinn.

Both girls’ pain seems to be under control as far as we can tell – at least they aren’t whining and fussing.  So that is allowing them to relax and get a little sleep too.

Quinn’s lip is a little more swollen than Jenna’s, but that is something that will heal itself with time.

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Both girls have been requesting something to eat and drink already.  They haven’t had anything to eat or drink since last night’s supper,  However the nurse says their intestines haven’t started moving yet.  As a result, Quinn and Jenna have only been allowed some quick sips of apple juice and some ice chips.  Yes, much to our surprise Quinn was even excited for ice chips.  While they were in China, Quinn and Jenna learned to have everything warm – milk, water, food.  Since they’ve been back in Minnesota with us they have learned to tolerate cold milk, but they still haven’t learned to like ice cream yet.  It’s just too cold.  So Michele and I were surprised when Quinn actually ate a bunch of ice chips.  Apparently, eating ice chips slows down the drinking process, so that Quinn doesn’t get as much liquid before she is ready for it.  If she gets too much liquid or food too soon, it will probably all come right back up again. =(

The girls are still getting plenty of liquids from their IVs so we don’t have to worry about that, it’s just a matter of getting their stomachs moving again so they are ready for real food.

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The doctor told us that he expects we will be able to go home tomorrow.  Of course, that all depends on how quickly the girls recover.  We are waiting and watching for them to get their intestines moving and for them to start eating.  I think it is a good sign that they are both interested in food and drinks already, even if they can’t have them yet.



About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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2 Responses to Surgery Update #3

  1. Callie says:

    Glad to hear everything went well with both girls. We’ve been thinking about you guys all day and saying lots of prayers. Hope recovery continues to go well and that you will be allowed to go home tomorrow. Good job Quinn and Jenna! We can’t wait to see you cuties again soon. Jayden missed you two at church tonight!

  2. I miss not being with you all but I know everyone is in good hands. Today, with my 5th grade class I shared the story about Quinn and Jenna and showed them the pictures of the blog posts, too. They were very interested and, of course, responded as typical 5th graders would at seeing closeups of cleft lips and the surgery effects as well. Nonetheless, they benefitted from all of it, and we did have a prayer time for you as well. I had a VERY good class session with them. I keep praying for you all and since it is now the day after the surgery, I am praying their little bellies get functioning so they eat, poop, and all that good stuff.

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