pre-surgery fun!paging Dr. Sam.....Surgery went well. He did have to get 2 pins in his foot--and two tendons lengthened. He also had artificial skin (integra) on top of where he had his scars released on his foot and hip. The Doctors were pleased--and the orthopedic Dr. said that his foot is perfectly flat to the ground! Yes!
He did have ALOT of pain however. We had a heck of a time getting it under control. He was screaming on and off for about 12 hours after surgery. I cried with him most of the time! He was given morphine-then a larger dose of morphine- then a bulbous to top off that larger dose--then finally--Valium. He FINALLY slept after all of this. Poor, sweet baby!
I have to say--that every day that goes by, Sam amazes me more. He is strong, and spirited, and has a capacity to love that would astound you! Even after I handed him over to the Doctors=and he woke up in incredible pain, he still reached for me. He was still comforted by his mom and dad. He still lifted his little leg up and cried "mama" hoping that I would be the one to make it all better for him. He trusts us-he loves us--and we love him so much, it could make our hearts burst!
I ask for continued prayers and good thoughts-as the battle is only half over. But we feel all of your love-and we are so grateful!!
As a side note--if any one is looking for an AMAZING plastic and reconstructive surgeon--Dr. Richard Redett at John's Hopkins is TOP NOTCH! Amazing Dr.-Amazing man. He does mission trips often throughout the world to perform surgeries on children in 3rd world countries. He just did a surgery in Nepal in November on a little boy that had the same injuries as Sam. He is really awesome!
And for orthopedic work-Dr. Arabella Leet is the BOMB! She is calm, soothing, and confident. I love her! She is also a mom--AND she has a disability herself-which is such a hopeful-incredible connection to make!
So-off to care for my favorite little patient--and the other 5 too! Will update more as I can!