Sunday, February 15, 2009


Yesterday I went to go get Harlie to give her a feeding. She was playing in the playroom with Murphy and doing just fine. So I tell her she has to come with me for her feeding. And on her way out the room she tripped over a toy and landed head first into the corner of the door. I was right there and couldn't do a thing to stop her. Ugh! She hit it pretty hard and the door didn't budge, so I expected a long, pitiful cry. But she only cried for a minute and then went on about her business. It swelled up a little bit, but nothing like what I was expecting. (Because she's on baby aspirin every day, she bruises really easily.)

Then I went to work for a few hours. While I was gone she took a 3-hour nap! That never happens! And when I got home Tom said that he thought she was getting sick. He had to suction her a lot (which is pretty odd for her now - thank goodness!) and at about 6:30pm she looked VERY tired. So I took her upstairs and she vomited - a lot. She felt hot, so I took her temp and she had a fever of 103. I don't know where this came from! Out of the blue! And she needed suctioning a lot throughout the night (never fun - especially when you don't have a night nurse). Anyway, she slept till 8:30 this morning. And within minutes of being awake she vomited black stuff (something she's done before but never with this amount of volume). Doctors assume the black is blood, but no one really knows why.

Anyway, her head didn't look that bad. Definitely swollen, but not blue or anything and you couldn't even really tell. You had to know what you were looking for to see it. So, at about 11:00 this morning I went upstairs to get ready for work and when I came back down this is what her head looked like...

Luckily, it is hurting me more than her! It just looks so painful to me! And since I wasn't expecting it, when I looked at her I gasped! She was probably thinking, "what's your problem"? It was just so weird to not see anything one minute and then see that!

But, how funny is it that she is smiling for the camera now? I just point it at her and she smiles - that's her smile by the way. I forgot to mention that Dr. Magee said that since she has a facial cleft (a very mild one) some of the nerves in her face never developed which makes her smile weak. She can't bring the corners of her mouth up. It's possible she can have some sort of micro surgery later on in life to help (a funny story, but I'll have to save that for later). But, hopefully in time the other muscles in her face will compensate to make her smile stronger.

That's it for now. Take care!


grandma said...

That poor little girl...but look at that smile...she just bounces and keep on going. Knowing all those surgeries that are ahead...thank goodness she is so resilient. I keep on remembering how she looked after her jaw reconstruction and pray this time won't be so hardon her. Her heart and spine surgeries are so scary but with the grace of God and all the people that pray for her..she will be fine. Take care of that pretty little face Harlie..please no more boo boo's. Love ya.

Tracy said...

Oh my Harlie. I guess you can join Maggie in the goose egg department. She's done that to herself three times now. It creeps me out but you girls have such hard heads that it barely phases you.LOL. Tell your mommy there are many more of those to come.

By the way I love your smile,Harley. I love how Harlie wrinkles up her nose. Maggie does that too! I think it is so cute.

Emma and Mommy said...

Ouch poor thing! I hit a door like that when I was little and looked about the same, I think it must be a right of passage for kids to get goose eggs like that. She looks so sad and sweet all at the same time, smiling like that but with that big ol' knot! She still has the sweetest little face I have ever seen, goose egg and all.

Rene said...

Ouch! is right! Poor thing. I guess all kids get their goose eggs eventually. I remember when Tommy flopped over forward and landed on a toy and bruised his face. I was so happy that he'd done a "normal kid" thing. Praying the swelling goes down soon and it's not hurting her.

Tommy's Mom