I pretty much hit the nail on the head when I assumed we'd drive 2 1/2 hours just to see Dr. Shell for 30 minutes and turn around and drive 2 1/2 hours back. The only thing I was incorrect about was that we were only in Dr. Shells office for 7 minutes. We got there early, I didn't even get to put my bag down in the waiting area before we were called back, we saw Dr. Shell in the hallway, stepped into the exam room never setting my bag down - he said everything looks fantastic to keep medicine (neosporin) gooped on there so it will loosen the "boogery" things as I call them (that is not the technical medical term obviously) and come back in the next couple weeks. He said to place a warm cloth over his lip to losen up the boogery things too. I didn't know I was able to get it wet. He said in the bath tub he could get it wet. He stressed the importance of keeping the area moist with meds to help in the scarring.
So on that note I asked if he could go to swimming lessons next Friday (make up day since Monday is a holiday) and he said he could! Man Oh Man! This little boy is on the mend. Who'd a thunk that a cleft repair / scar revision never slowed him down, he'd only miss one swim lesson, he'd eat and drink normally, is sleeping flat on his face, not needing a drop of pain meds. This is nothing short of a miracle. Dr. Shell was even shocked at the lack of pain that Hill has experienced. We don't have to go back until the 16th of June. How fantastic is that? Last surgery we were there every other day it seemed. Then back once a week then every other week for over a month. Way to go Hilly-poo, you show that cleft lip who is boss!
After the speedy appointment my mom, Hill and I went and ate then I got to do a little shopping without a 16 month old glued to my hip. That was nice especially since a) I am the only female I know that hates shopping and b) I was shopping for a bathing suit which makes me 'testy' anyway.
We pulled into town just in time to meet Chip to go to the Characters for a Cure. Right before we walked into the event the 'boogery thing' that was under Hill's nose and the dry crusty part uner his lip came off leaving his lip clean and looking awesome. We are now able to see how things will look and lay when it heals up! We are very very excited. I will post pictures of his lip and the Character event as soon as I find my camera cord to download the pics. Here is a picture of Hill with Mickey & Minnie that was taken while we were there. He was a fan from far away but HATED the characters up close and personal. I had to hold him and politely asked to be cropped out of the photo since I looked like a goober buffoon.