I am sure there are many ways to approach this and I want input if you've been there. I want to ask the right questions.
Here are some of my questions:
-She is very underweight and is a pretty picky eater, although I have seen no rhyme or reason with tastes, texures, etc. Would this have anything to do with her cleft palate? She seems to be able to chew and swallow although it does seem to take a little more effort than the rest of us. Occasionally we see liquids come out her nose but not as often as I would have expected.
-What would be the reasoning behind the orphanage waiting so long to get this repaired? Is there any benefit at all to the child to wait, or is this strictly a financial decision as she had no family to pay for the surgery?
-What are the benefits of having it repaired now as opposed to waiting a few more years?
-Will her speech be more affected the longer we wait? How can we help her in the meantime?
-What is the recovery period like?
-Just how do they fix it anyway?
-Who is the best person to do this job? An ENT? A plastic surgeon? A dental surgeon?
So if any of you moms out there can answer these questions, or if you happen to be a dental surgeon, a plastic surgeon or an ENT (:))......Reassure me please!