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Saturday, July 21, 2007

My First Surgery

I was born with a cleft lip and palate. Here's a picture of me at about 4 weeks where you can see it up close:

On July 19th, Mom woke me up at 3:15. I'd been trying to sleep in longer, so I thought it was kind of strange, but I never turn down a good meal so I ate it right up. Then Daddy came and woke me up at 5:15. I figured something strange was going on and I hoped it was something fun. Then they took me back to that big brick building where we stayed when I was born. We waited a long, long time. Mom says that's because they rescheduled my surgery from 7:30 to 9:30, but all I know is that I was getting really really hungry and no one was doing anything about it. I cried and tried to let them know, but they wouldn't do anything, so I just gave up and went back to sleep. Here we are waiting:

Here I am in the weird gown they put on backwards. It had pictures of rocket ships on it.

All the sudden Daddy gave me to this guy:

The next thing I knew I was waking up and my mouth felt all funny. Mom and Dad weren't anywhere around until these two ladies took me upstairs. I had my very own room with a crib that Mom said kind of looked like a jail cell and Dad said looked like a bear trap.

Mom and Dad were saying I looked a lot different and kind of swollen. I felt so out of it, I just slept a lot. My grandmas and my Grandpa Harry came to visit, along with my cousin Elliott, my Aunt Merlaine, my Aunt Janelle, Shelley, and some other people too.

I can't move my arms and they wrap me up tight at night. I'd just like to touch my face where it feels funny, but I can't reach it no matter how hard I try.

Eating's kind of hard and they give me some bad tasting medicine, but mostly it's OK. The nurses were really nice and Mom stayed the night with me. I got to go back home the next day and Mom made me a special "nest" to sleep in my little crib. Here I am on my way home in my car seat:

I heard them talking about another surgery next year -- how far away is a year? I hope it's a long time...


  1. Lookin good. Glad to hear the surgery went well!

  2. He looks fantastic! He has beautiful eyes too! All the times I've seen them, they've been closed. WOW!

  3. What a trooper for a patient! He looks fabulous!!! I'm so glad all went well - Clyde, you are the best! Love, Cathy

  4. I am so happy to hear that all went well. He looks so wonderful.
    My love to the three of you!

  5. He looks wonderful! And what an expressive face. I am so happy to see and read about his progress. Hugs to you, Clyde, and parents.