Wyatt had Cleft Clinic this week and everything is going really well! We just have a few things to work on this year. His repair is looking good and unless you look closely you might not even notice. It is also working really well (not causing any problems with speech etc.) so there is no need for any surgery for that. Dr. Lacey showed Wyatt how to operate the dental chair this year and Wyatt thought that was awesome!
Speech is also going great! There are just a couple of things he needs to work on and again most people probably wouldn't even notice any issues. He might even be able to graduate from speech therapy soon.
There is some hearing loss in one of his ears but replacing the tube in that ear should take care of that.
His teeth are looking good too. There will be more work to do in this area but not for a few years.
Wyatt still has huge tonsils and due to some of the negative side effects that come with those his cleft team is recommending they come out. We did everything we could to avoid another surgery but the benefits now outweigh everything else. He will just have the tonsils out and not the adenoids so we can try to limit any impact this might have on his speech. His tonsils could be helping him get the closure he needs and that was one of the reservations we had with taking the tonsils out.
Cleft Clinic is a busy day visiting with a lot of specialists but has become a fun annual tradition. We enjoy traveling to the University of Minnesota, seeing our friends at the clinic and spending some quality time Mommy and Daddy time with Wyatt.
Here are a few more pictures from our day: