We’re very happy to report that Callie’s surgery went well. She was breathing on her own not long after leaving the operating room.
After going under anesthesia, Callie got dental X-rays for the first time so that the dentist could determine exactly what Callie needed. As it turned out she had one cavity filled and a total of 9 teeth pulled, including all 8 front teeth. Callie’s jaw is very small, and her permanent teeth were trying to come in but couldn’t because it was so crowded.
The other extraction was in the back of her mouth. That tooth was so deformed that the dentist thinks something went wrong when it was developing.
After the dentist finished, Callie had an uneventful extubation, and she didn’t even need her Bi-pap. She has slept most of the afternoon and evening and remains in the pediatric intensive care unit so that her breathing can be closely monitored.
The funniest part of the day happened just before surgery. Nurses and other health care professionals routinely confirm a patient’s identity. So when the anesthesiologist asked Callie if she was “Callie Golden,” Callie shook her head and quickly said, “No.”
Our hope is that Callie can go home tomorrow. Thanks, as always, for the steady flow of prayers and well wishes.