Saturday, September 19, 2009

Prayers for Adalynn

This is Adalynn. Some of our regular cleft friends might recognize her. She was born with a cleft lip and has surgeries to repair it, etc. But this post isn't about Adalynn's cleft. It's about a terrible, terrible accident that occurred and the request of prayers.As a mother of a cleft affected child, I know I'm always much more cautious about things in the mouth - suckers, straws, toys, etc. While after a palate has been repaired, the chances of developing a fistula (hole) are slim, I'm generally a little freaked out by anything that involves Rachel's mouth.

So imagine Shannon's (Adalynn's Mommy) current nightmare...

At the beginning of the week, Adalynn's older brother was being helpful when he handed her her toothbrush, but then he tripped her and the toothbrush went down her throat. An uneventful trip to the doctor was made, only to be followed by a trip to the ER after Adalynn had not eaten or drank anything all day long, not even swallowing her own saliva. Four X-rays later, and being told she was okay, was sent home with Tylenol and Motrin.

The next evening brought another trip to the ER as Miss Adalynn was pretty miserable with a lot of swelling in her neck/throat. After a diagnosis of a possible infection at the site where the toothbrush hit, she was sent home on antibiotics.

Thursday afternoon, Adalynn woke from a nap with blood pouring from her mouth. Trip #3 made to the ER. Arrangements were made to see an ENT the next day for a possible scope.

The ENT finally ordered a CT scan whereas Adalynn was diagnosed with a hematoma and was admitted to the hospital. A hematoma in such a place is life threatening as it could potentially obstruct the airway if the swelling got worse. She is being closely monitored, on an IV, and is receiving antibiotics.

Please be praying for the swelling inside Adalynn's throat to diminish and that there wouldn't be any long term complications from this. Please be praying for her Mommy and Daddy as well. I know they would very much appreciate prayers right now! Thanks!


Mama of 6 said...

We certainly will b praying for her

John, Shannon, Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I am trying to catch up on school work, so I still don't have time to update my own blog....but hopefully I will be able to in the next few days.

i really appreciate the request for prayers though!