Eight Weeks Post-Op

Well, it’s been six weeks since my last post so in review: Drew had a rod surgically placed by Dr. Paley in his left leg on May 17th. Drew then had a rod surgically placed into the right leg on May 31st. Daddy returned home to Kentucky for work while I remained in Florida with…

In Our Stride

I’m relieved to report that we have hit our stride in this surgery process.  Pain is no longer as intense.  Drew only requires pain medicine twice a day.  I give one dose about 30 minutes prior to bedtime just as a preemptive strike to avoid pain throughout the night, because a good solid night of…

The Pain

Drew ended up spending three nights in the hospital instead of two as he did for his right.  His pain level was quite significant despite the seemingly pleasant first day.  But, he had a much harder time weaning off of the morphine this time.   The continuous flow of Diladid had to be reconnected after Drew…

And On To the Right

Friday, we had pre-op: just a quick visit with Dr. Paley and vitals with the downstairs team.   It was a much shorter day than last time since they decided to do any blood work on Tuesday, the day of surgery. Drew has been in a great place after his left-leg surgery.  During the day, he…

The Recovery Process Begins

Well, surgery was completed Tuesday in a 5-hour procedure and Drew was admitted to the hospital for two nights as expected.  I don’t know what is worse: the actual surgery or hospital stays. Nathan and I constantly took turns staying with Drew.  Nathan would sleep over in the pull-out recliner in Drew’s room each night…

Another Surgery in Florida Part 2

In summary from Part 1: Drew misses his friends and school miserably. We drove 1063 miles and 17 hours from Kentucky to Florida.  It sucked, but didn’t go as bad as I had thought it was going to go. We love our new condo and had a day of fun before the real business began….

Another Surgery in Florida Part I

Man, I did not mean to withhold all of the details of our journey so long that I would have one long post about the various phases of our adventure so far.  But, to say that this has been completely and utterly exhausting is a gross understatement.  I went an entire three days without taking…

What’s to Come

T minus 7 days (including today) until Drew’s surgery in Florida.  Our 1000+ mile road trip is looming in our very near future.  With each day’s passing, my anxiety is becoming more and more prominent.  Within days of this event that we’ve been anticipating for over a year, I find myself clouded with doubt, sadness,…

We had our first follow-up with an occupational therapist in Cincinnati this week.  It’s exactly eight weeks post-surgery and three weeks since having the cast removed and starting the physical therapy.  The appointment was to gauge his function and ensure progress is as expected. I was especially dreading this trip because it was my first…

CCK, How Do You Feel!?!

Well, it took 10 weeks, but we finally received Drew’s braces.  And, this time it was quite the drama. After numerous calls to the doctor’s office to rush paperwork and update requests to the orthotist, we finally had an appointment to fit Drew’s new braces.  And, just in time too because mid-week on Spring Break,…

It has been pretty hectic in our household this past month.  I’m struggling with how to smoothly transition between one subject to another and, well, basically figuring out where to start…. So, it’s been over a month since Drew’s hand surgery.  He had his cast on for a total of five weeks and it was…

Warning: Major Vent Session Ahead

I’m sitting here fuming and angrily pacing my house.  I figure I’ll go take a shower to calm down, but I’m so frustrated that I can’t do that.  I want to make a phone call and be extremely rude and intimidating so I figure I better get my aggression out before I’m unable to resist…