Hi Everyone! It has been a while and I am so sorry!! Getting back into the swing of things proved to be a little more difficult than expected but here we are!
Ollie has been healing so well! Most, if not all, of his stitches have come out and his swelling decreases daily it seems like. He is back to all of his normal activities and is eating so well! We have been battling the heat with lots of water play and homemade watermelon popsicles! Last week we had virtual visits with both his surgeon in Boston as well as his specialist at Helen Devos. Everyone agrees that he is healing well and we hope will continue to do so. Thank you for the prayers!
I have had some questions about the surgical approach as well as how much they were able to remove so I thought I would touch on that for a moment. Ollie’s doctor, Dr. Afshar was able to go in through Ollie’s mouth up by his gums and make his incision from the inside. This was amazing to us because we really did not want Ollie to have a big scar. He made the incision from the back of his last molar to the very middle of his face following the gum line. Dr. Afshar was able to remove a section of scar tissue that was about the size of a golf ball as well as another longer piece of tissue about two inches in size. Now there is a chance that part of the malformation will grow back but we are praying that it will not be the case. Dr. Afshar is hopeful that this surgery will hold Ollie until his teens before we would need to do another one. But we will take that as the years go by. As of right now, we have no plans to travel back to Boston.
We left the hospital with pressure dressings on with the hope that we could keep those on until we arrived home. Alas they lasted about four days before they started to peel. We tried reapplying the tape but with the warm weather and our constantly sweaty man, it wasn’t happening. Ollie was very upset after taking those dressings off. He could see that his cheek was larger than when we started and that was so hard on his little heart. We all cried, ate ice cream and dialed back our expectations a little. It is hard to think about waiting 2 to 3 months for results on a surgery that has already been completed. As of right now, Ollie is back to the size his cheek was before we left.
Towards the end of that week in Boston we were all definitely ready to head home to Declan man. We flew home on Father’s day and had a big lunch with my parents before heading home. The bags were put away and clothes in the closets before our heads hit our pillows, which has never happened before so I was counting my blessings. Ethan headed out to Rustic Corner that next morning and I was thrown in a tailspin. It is hard getting back into routines and establishing that flow again. But I think we have finally made it!
With Michigan being in the 90’s for the past two weeks, I have felt so blah and lacking in all sorts of energy. Ethan and I have started changing up our diet to the most fresh and unprocessed foods that we can find. This is our first week and already we have started to feel better. I am excited to keep striving towards a more healthier version of myself and maybe feel a little more comfortable in my own skin. We have added a little more exercise in our daily routine as well which is so fun because the boys love jumping in with us! Ollie can already plank longer than I can so there’s that, already showing his Momma up!
Thank you all for your outpouring of love and support for our family! I will be posting every other Thursday again with updates about our family and the progress Ollie is making! Have a wonderful two weeks!