Friday, April 06, 2007
Whew....We Made It
Ava's surgery was a smashing success! She's feeling a little weepy, and a lot sore, but thank goodness it is over! At first it looked as though the doctor over-corrected the strabismus, but we are hoping that it is just a matter of her eye needing to heal. She was in quite a lot of pain post-op so Dr. Angell suggested alternating between Tylenol and Motrin every three hours for a couple of days. She cried...hard and inconsolably....for quite some time in recovery. Laura said that she would calm down for a bit until she heard another baby cry...and then came the sympathy tears. Bloody sympathy tears. Even when she is hurting our little one still feels others' pain.
This afternoon Ava started to perk up a bit. And here is the amazing part: our girl started doing things she has NEVER been able to do before. Laura gave her a little pink puppy Grandma Geri bought her for Easter. It must have been just what she needed, because Ava started hugging the puppy and rocking forward and back with it, as if she were comforting it. She has never been able to master moving her upper body while sitting. Also, she reached over from a sitting position to give Uncle Dom a hug. I don't know if it's just coincidence, but it seems as though her vision has improved drastically since this morning. Can you imagine trying to function in a world that just doesn't look right?
One thing is clear. If love heals, then Ava will be just fine. Today she had me, Grandma Geri, Grandpa Bruce (Papa), Uncle Dom, and Laura to love and cuddle. And she also had all of you sending out love and concern. Thank you all for your kind words. It means so much to all of us.
PS: Tatum is next in line for eye surgery. It's not too early to start praying for a successful surgery and rapid recovery:) We love you Tatum!