One tough cookie

This is a rather back dated post, I was looking through old photographs and realised that it has been 2 years since Ally has had her palate operation. She was just 8 months old when she had the op, we were all so worried about how she was going to adapt during the post op recovery. Once again Ally amazed us and was drinking just 3 days post op. Her arm restrains were removed the 2nd day and we were discharged from hospital. From day 1 Ally has shown us what a tough girl she really is. Having had a rather rough start has made her extremely resilient.

Watching her favourite DVD in hospital, this was the night before her operation

I remember carrying her into the operating theater and watching them put her under G.A. My heart was pounding in my chest and as I laid her on that huge operating table, she look so small and vulnerable. Once under general anesthesia, she looked liked a limp doll, not at all like my Ally. The nurse quickly escorted me out of the OT and that was when I started crying.

Post-op, in pain and groggy

Her operation went smoothly and was over in about 2 hours. She was groggy and miserable as she was waking up from the anesthesia. Her little face was so swollen and she had a fever. Thankfully by the next morning she was her usual self again.

Day after her operation, arm restrains to prevent her from touching the stitches

We are so grateful to have access to such a fantastic cleft team. It is because of them that she now has a perfect palate. On her 2nd birthday, she blew out her candles all on her own, the very first time that she was able to do so. Even now as I think back to that day, it still makes me emotional. It was such a special moment and her family and friends were there to share it with us.

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