Last week was Blair’s follow up appointment at the Craniofacial Clinic. Last time we went to see Dr. Riski, he suggested that Blair would probably need surgery for a submucosal cleft palate.
We went up the night before because the only appointment they had in months after we scheduled was at 7:30. No problem! We have a great friend that lets us use her house, so the trip is lots of fun!
It turns out that this time Linsey and Faegan were available to meet us in Atlanta for the night. We also met my oldest best friend for a sushi supper that night and had a great time.
The next morning we were up bright an early for Blair’s appointment. I told Dr. Riski how well Blair was doing – she’s now blowing out of her mouth and puffing her cheeks up to “pop” them! He really didn’t believe me until he saw it. She really is doing those things! After she cooperated so well and demonstrated, Dr. Riski was thrilled. He said Blair made his week with her amazing progress! He suggested that we still meet with the surgeon as planned but that we didn’t need to plan on surgery at all at this point since she is actually using the narrow muscles that make up her palate! What wonderful news!
No surgery for now, but this means that we still have a lot of work because Blair still says A LOT of stuff that is understandable to many. There are only a handful of folks like me who speak fluent Blair. The only thing is that the surgery wouldn’t have actually corrected her speech/bad habits. It would have only given her the tools -- tools we didn’t think she had -- with which she could make the sounds correctly . Even with surgery, she still would have to break all her bad habits. Now that we know she has a palate that she can actually use, for the time being we’ll just work on breaking the habits without surgery. Make sense?
We met with the surgeon who said her palate is not all that bad actually. He was very nice and will continue to follow Blair. The plan is to go back in three months to see Dr. Riski again so that he can assess her progress. Yay! We are thankful to God for the continued blessings and answered prayers!
After the appointment it was playtime! Before we went, I had planned to take Blair to the zoo. I thought they might stick a camera down her nose, and the zoo was going to be her prize. They didn’t do the camera, thank goodness, but we still went to the zoo!
Mommy got a prize too because we at a Taquería del Sol!
After a nice nap (for Blair) and a few errands, we headed back home. It was a great trip – great food, great news, and time with my family – including my new and only niece!