Today we saw Ava’s speech therapist.
She didn’t know Ava was having the palate lengthening surgery done.
She was BLOWN away with her new sounds.
We honestly had a moment where our eyes locked and she got teary-eyed.
And then I just started crying.
Becuz we see PROGRESS…..FINALLY.
Why Dr. Samson didn’t recommend this surgery sooner I’m not sure.
But it has made a world of difference for Ava.
I just pray it holds.
I had my Georgia friend, Vicki, who just happens to be an amazing speech therapist, look at the before and after videos and her are her thoughts:
She sounds amazingly better!!!!! THAT makes those surgeries worth it.
Better speech = greater confidence = BIG WIN!
Seriously, the difference is obvious...all that nasal emission is gone, making her speech so much clearer. I would expect to see much more noticeable gains in speech therapy now.
We are going to hit the speech therapy hard the next few months and we (her speech therapist and myself) are hopeful that Ava will “graduate” from speech therapy SOON! Oh happy day!
(Now….don’t get me wrong….there are still sounds to work on!!! BUT this the first time we have ever seen this kind of improvement from a surgery!)
Dr. Samson did say that sometimes the fat gets re-absorbed by your body. BUT he can do it again before he would do a more invasive P-flap surgery.
Another interesting blessing is on Tuesday Ava was drinking her smoothie and she was trying to tell me how different it is to drink.
I just thought she meant due to her throat hurting.
But no! See before she would always have to maneuver her tongue around so that the fluid wouldn’t go up her nose instead of down her throat!
And now she doesn’t have to do that anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!
It can be hard to get used to a new way of drinking, as she has compensated for 7 years with a shortened palate, but she is catching on quickly!
She is definitely a Super Hero in my book!!!!
I love her determination and how she just keeps trying.
Her belly and throat are still really sore. But she is enjoying the “special” foods that only she gets.
Like Italian Ices and Smiley Face French Fries.
Oh and don’t forget the blueberry smoothies.