Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Surgery Day

Dallin had his surgery on his ankle today. Our first doctor sent us to an orthopedic specialist for a secondary opinion. The ortho guy said that he had never seen an injury like Dallin's that didn't have the cartilage broken (If there's enough force to break the bone then...) He said that they would need to scope the ankle and remove the bone fragments and drill into the bone so it could form scar tissue to support the cartilage.

After six weeks of crutches we were hopeful that things would go well. They did. When they got into his ankle today they found that the cartilage was completely firmly attached to the bone! There is still a 1 mm difference between the injury site and the surrounding cartilage but they said that an 11 year old has a good chance to have that smooth out. The doctor wasn't sure how the healing took place (maybe the crutches for six weeks?). We know we had some blessings from above!

So, no bone drilling and Dallin can work on walking on his foot. They did have to free up a tendon that was trapped out of place (or something like that) so it wouldn't rub on the bone. Other than that things went well.

The worst part was probably for me. They sent us to the wrong recovery room so we sat waiting and worrying for Dallin for 20-30 minutes. He was next door. AHH. He was in tears when we found him. That was torture. I wasn't there when he needed me.

I think I may be one of those really pushy moms when Benson has his surgery on Monday. I was a nurse long enough to know that things like this just happen and no harm was done but I certainly don't want my four-year-old waking up alone.

We are looking forward to a couple days off school for teacher work days the next couple of days. Hopefully the kitchen will get done as well!


rebecca said...

Dallin probably won't even remember that you weren't there when he woke up.

I'm glad he's doing well.

Cassie said...

Oh, that poor sweet boy--for the surgery and waking up without you. Don't you hate stupid people who don't take responsibility for bad info? That sounded a little harsh...but I'm just feeling your pain. I'm really glad everything went well.

Kari said...

I just don't know how you keep up with your medical schedule!! Between injuries, surgeries, and ER visits you must not have a minute to yourself!!! Glad that everything turned out well with the surgery and hope that Benson does well next week. We just went through tonsils and adenoids with Steve and Ashton so it is very fresh ... brace yourself. The first 5 days were pretty brutal (but I hear the younger they are the easier it is)!!