3/9/13 – Post Surgery Update

Well, we made the decision very shortly before surgery to only do the foot surgery, and not the removal of the hardware in the femur.  Since I (and others) had been praying for wisdom in our decision making, I am going to just go with the assumption that this was the decision God knew was best.  The surgeon said it would be no problem to do it at another time in the future, perhaps if/when she needs other work done on her other leg.   I am already seeing that things would be much more difficult with the extra worry of having to be careful of the femur.  Examples include:  when we cath her, because we have to push her leg way up high; when we do toileting with her, because I have to push her leg way down low; when she is in bed sleeping, because she twist around a lot.  Any of those activities could very well put too much strain on a healing femur, and so I am happy to have less worry and stress about it.

The surgery went well.  She went in about 6:45 a.m. and we were able to see her all casted up around 10:30 a.m.   She is such a trooper.  All the nurses loved how cooperative she was with them, doing all the stuff they have to do, checking vitals, giving medicine, etc.  The play lady (I know she has a real title of some sort) brought in a doll – a boy that Ren named Jenny – and let her put on the doll a hospital bracelet, a hospital gown, take her blood pressure, give her “shots”, and bandaids.  She really enjoyed that!  The surgeon had told us she would stay the night in the hospital, but he also mentioned that if we had the itch to leave earlier, he could make that happen.  WE HAD THE ITCH.  I had forgotten how LONG the days in the hospital are.  And, yes, that is speaking selfishly, since it is Renaya who had the hard part.  But, we knew she would be ok, because she was acting herself.  She was tired, worn out, and a bit weak, but we have had enough visits to the hospital to know when it is ok for us to go home.  SO, we were home by 6:30 p.m.

I stayed home with Ren yesterday while she recovered.  She was still obviously a bit worn out from the procedure, as she was very content just sitting on the couch with her leg elevated, playing with lego blocks, her “Jenny doll,” playing the Wii, and doing “homework.”  She has a couple of those generic reading and math workbooks for kindergarten that she calls her “homework.”  We work in in once in awhile, and that evening, she worked for like an hour straight, her preference.  Though not feeling well last night (very, very tired, and has a cold), she is back to her happy, active self today.   We cannot let her do any standing at all, and for this first week, we are supposed to have her leg elevated as much as possible.  Thankfully, she has been ok with this (well, the first night, she told me to take her cast “off” before going to bed), going with the flow as usual.  She’s so dang wonderful; sometimes I don’t think I deserve her.

So…..5-6 weeks in the cast.  It is during this time in the cast, and especially the time when we take OFF the cast that I get nervous, because all of her fractures in the past occurred after casts were taken off.  She does have stronger bones now, though, compared to a few years ago when she had those fractures, so the hope is her denser bones will keep away fractures.  It is still a bit of a worry for me, though…

She will be having a couple more surgeries, scheduled now for April 2nd.  If you have some spare time, please pray that Ren’s appendix will be of adequate length for those surgeries.  (I’ll explain in a later post!).  Also, prayers for safe healing of her foot, and no fractures down the road would be super.  And as always, for her speech…and to remain seizure free.

Thanks and praise to our heavenly Father for her safe surgery and for her continued run of being seizure free since August.  Thanks to all who prayed.  I know He hears us all.

Her foot before surgery

Waiting before the surgery...

Her casted foot

Coloring in the hospital while recovering

Feeling better!

 

 


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