I was not sure about posting this picture, because it's still early, and there's still more healing to go, but where she had surgery is looking so much better, now, that I thought I'd go ahead. She still has a tube in her nostril (providing support) and that will be removed in a week. It looks to us like she probably has pulled out a few stitches prematurely (again), but that's OK. I think it was itching, and she worked and worked to get herself onto her tummy to rub the nose against her bedding. I sympathize with that!
Just look at the cute crooked smile! :)
I apologize for the quality ... took this on the cell phone today, then sent it to email and tried to crop it in "Paint." I should leave well enough alone, and let the kids do it, right?
In October 2006, we went for an ultrasound for our fifth child, and were told that our daughter probably had a chromosomal defect. We were urged to get an amniocentesis so that genetic testing could be done, “so the doctors will know what decisions to make.” The specialist told us that he suspected Trisomy 13 or 18, and if he was correct, then no OB would do a c-section because it wouldn’t make a difference for the end outcome. Besides, no surgeon would operate on her back (she had a meningocele – spina bifida), because “Trisomy 18 and 13 are what are called lethal conditions. They are incompatible with life.”
That’s how our story with her began, but it is most certainly not the end. As her amazing pediatrician said about examining her at birth, “I looked into her eyes, and she looked back at me and said, I’m here for the long haul, chick.”