Whitney's surgery this morning was a success! The dr. put tubes in both ears, performed a laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy. She decided that Whitney's adenoids and tonsils did not need to come out at this time. She said that part of Whitney's breathing issues as well as her loud noises when she breathes are due to laryngomalacia, tracheomalacia (we knew from seeing a pulmonolgist that she had these two conditions) and additionally, she has bronchomalacia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronchomalacia). The dr. does not seemed concerned at this time about the bronchomalacia and will keep an eye on Whitney when she sees her for office visits. We are hopeful that she will outgrow these "malacia" conditions as she gets older and stronger. The doctor also said that Whitney will most certainly be able to hear better now that she has had this surgery - they removed quite a bit of fluid that had a rubber cement mixed with jell-o consistency (the doctor's description) from her right ear (she said they had to suction 3 times to get it all) and a decent amount of fluid (with a rubber cement consistency) from her left ear.
We are now home and Whitney has had one bottle and is back down for a nap. I could already tell a difference in her hearing! Yeah!!! We are so thankful to finally have her hearing issues addressed and hopefully now she is hearing everything so much better.
Here are some recent pics of the girls (one of Anne from the Fishers Freedom Festival the weekend before 4th of July and the others are ones I took when Whitney turned 10 months old 6-25-09)