Micah's left vocal fold is paralyzed. Apparently this occasionally occurs during heart surgery since the nerve runs close to the heart. What does this mean for us? Heartbreak at the thought of not hearing the sweet little coo's we heard before his surgery, constant worry that he will aspirate milk, saliva or medicine into his lungs, and a longer attachment to his feeding tube.
It's so not fair... this poor little guy. After months of anticipating his feeding to improve after his heart surgery, we're now faced with more feeding problems than before. He can only eat on his right side because that lowers the risk of aspirating. He now hardly takes 5 cc's of milk before coughing or gagging.
According to the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor who scoped his throat today, there's about a 20% chance that the nerve damage is temporary. And we know that God is able to heal Micah's vocal cord if He chooses. Please pray with us that this would be God's will for Micah. And please pray that we would rest in the knowledge that God loves Micah and desires His best for him.