Monday, March 28, 2011

Recovery Update #1

Okay, just want to let you know that I am no longer pissed.  Sorry for that outburst in my last post.  As it turns out the two teeth she lost are on the bottom.  Whew!  I know it sounds completely ridiculous that I would stress so much and get so upset over baby teeth.  But here's why...

1.  It's always the little things that push me over the edge (momentarily anyway).  I always recover.  So far, anyway.  Perhaps it provides a distraction from the much larger, much more important issues that are hanging above like big scary, black clouds.  Any shrinks read my blog?  I could probably use some analyzing.

2.  Quite frankly, she's already got more than her fair share of facial and dental issues.  The last thing she needs is more issues with her mouth and teeth to distract from her beautifulness.

3.  Do we have to fear losing teeth for all future procedures?  Geez.  And what will we do when they are her permanent teeth?  I'm going to have to find an orthodontist to make her a mouth guard for crying out loud.

4.  And the way she lost these particular two teeth (just in case you didn't know - she lost a front tooth last February after her jaw was wired shut for 9 weeks) just make me cringe.  Seriously.  Shudder!

So, she appears to be somewhat comfortable.  Although I highly doubt that she would agree.  She's already tried to twist all around, which has GOT to hurt.  She's a bit swollen - around her face especially.  But that's probably normal given the trauma, fluids and blood lost and received.

The body cast is SUPER cute - as far as casts go.  And her baby doll has an exact match of a cast.  The pair could NOT be cuter!!!  (If I do say so myself.)

Oh, and before I forget, the surgeon told us that after the cast comes off that she will put her in a brace for a few months.  Fabulous.  During the summer.  That should be fun.

Okay, just wanted to let you know that I've calmed down and have returned to my normal, fun-loving, funny self (if I do say so myself).  So no worries.  All is good in the CICU (cardiac intensive care unit) so far.  Well, again, I doubt Harlie would agree.  She's looking pretty miserable right about now.  Break. My. Heart.



Susan said...

I don't blame you for being upset. It sounded pretty terrible and I just would think they would take steps to protect against that happening, because yeah, what if she was older and they WEREN'T baby teeth?! Anyway, I'm glad you're feeling better. I hope she stays comfortable. I'll be looking forward to seeing pictures eventually. I love that the doll is cast too. I hope she thinks that's fun.

Tanya said...

So glad you are feeling better.

And so NOT surprised that a couple of lost teeth could be what pushed you over the edge - at least for a few minutes.

Ann said...

Christy - don't ever apologize for being pissed. You are entitled! I'm glad you feel better about the missing teeth. I've been checking in on you all day while on the road driving back from San Diego. I hope Harlie has a quiet and pain-free night and that you are able to get some rest.

btw, Jack had a really swollen face too - it was from being flipped over (face down) while they worked on his back. It was quite shocking to me, but I doubt there is much that shocks you, with all the surgeries Harlie has been through!

Lots of love and hugs,

Shylent said...

Been thinking about you guys all day long today . ((HUGS)) Like everyone else I think you are totaly entitled to be upset about those teeth, heck even DH and I were upset to read she had lost them - let's not even go into HOW. :(
Try to get some rest and know you are the best parents that little girl could have been born to !

Heather said...

wow Christy. what a day. so sorry about the teeth, I know that's a huge bummer. good thing she's cute enough to carry herself without teeth! and I'm really glad she's out and is kicking with her usual feistyness! glad you have calmed down some. and i agree- you are fun loving and funny! I hope you have a chance to get out tonight and blow off some steam.

xxoo! miss you already. HBL

Anonymous said...

We are so glad surgery went hopefully well. Prayers for all. You are allowed to be angry. That is your baby and mother lion protects till the end. Love Ron and Sue (Pgh)