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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Palate Surgery Recovery - Day 4

Palate Surgery Recovery - Day 4

Emily seems to have turned a corner as of this morning. Jim had a bad moment with her last night when she woke up crying and making an odd sound in her throat. He said she was spitting too. He figured she was itchy and gave her some medicine (not Benedryl - something the doctor prescribed) and put her back to bed. She then slept from 11 pm to 7 am and I got her in the morning. Her diaper was dry, but she was very thirsty. She proceeded to drink about 6 ounces in the morning (1.5 ounces before I gave her any tylenol) and all day long she's been eating and drinking at a pretty good clip. For those of you who want some feeding ideas after palate surgery, here's a few of the things Emily is tolerating:

1) Watered down white grape juice (1/3 juice 1/3 water)
2) Whole milk in a cup
3) Chicken Broth from a regular spoon (turn the spoon sideways so it doesn't go inside the mouth)
4) Bologna (I kid you not) break it up into tiny pieces and make sure it's soft. Oscar Meyer is perfect.
5) Gerber meat sticks (we've been cutting them up and peeling off the skin)

Other ideas include ice cream, yogurt drinks or plain yogurt, pediasure, sherbert and mashed avacadoes. She hasn't touched any of that stuff, but we keep trying.

She's very happy today (see above picture - hehe). We're going to give her Benedryl before bed for the next few days because we're not sure if she's itchy or what but she's making that odd noise in her throat again tonight. I got her out of bed (she was crying) and gave her Benedryl and now I have a few minutes to update the blog while the medicine kicks in. It's so good to see her happy and nearly back to normal.


Anonymous Alison said...

I am so glad Emily is getting better. She looks great. I am glad that she isn't having any major problems.

The tips are great cause we haven't had pre-op yet and I was wondering what Michael can eat.

Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration and so is Emily.


4/24/2005 10:46:00 PM  

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