Nina had her post-op doctors visit. She does have a fistula (hole) in her mouth. The doctor was discourage that it was there but not alarmed. It is about 1/2 mm in diameter. It is definitley noticable when her mouth is wide open but her palate is certainly an improvement over what it was a month ago. Right now there are no surgeries planned to close the hole. We will monitor it and the doctor said that is could get smaller or close on its own as her palate continues to heal.
Nina is on the list for the Cleft Clinic that will be in Bozeman at the end of May so she will see the doctor again then.
We don't know how or if this will affect her speech. That is another thing we will have to monitor. Nina will be starting speech therapy in the next week or so. We are deciding on which therapist to go with and she will need an initial evaluation before she can start the therapy. She was accepted into the Early Intervention program and will get therapy twice a week for 30-45 minutes each time.
We are disappointed that a fistula developed, however, we did know that it was a possibility. Hopefully it will not require another surgery, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it. Nina is not physically affected by the hole at all and remains her happy-go-lucky, cute self! For that we are very grateful!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
We went to an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. It was sunny out but a bit chilly. Still, not too bad for this time of year. Nina had fun once she figured out what to do and that the eggs were filled with candy! She had a ball opening all of them once we got home. We have enough candy to last us until Halloween.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Nina doesn't really know about the Easter Bunny, but we got her some ears anyway. Sometime she cooperates and keeps them on long enough for a picture. We are hoping to take her to an Easter Egg hunt this weekend. The weather is supposed to be okay, but there is still some snow on the ground and it is bound to be muddy. All part of Spring.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
There is a duck pond nearby and we took Nina there for the first time in February. It was fairly cold out be she seemed to enjoy herself once she got the idea of what to do. Some of the ducks were more agressive than others but she wasn't deterred. It will be much nicer to go when the weather (finally) warms up.