Back-to-School & First Check-up

Friday, September 7, 2012

Look whose back in school only 2 weeks after her major surgery!  She had to go back in a wheelchair, but she wasn't going to let that stop her.  As much as she LOVES watching television, 2 straight weeks of not being able to do anything but sit in a recliner with the TV on was a bit too much even for her. SHE COULDN'T WAIT TO GO BACK! Her friends were really excited to have her back and I even over heard one of them say that it had been really quiet while she was gone.  Hmmm, now I wonder exactly what that means?  Look at the cute little "welcome back" sign that was hanging in her locker when she opened it.  Such sweet thoughtfulness!

Here we are for her 2 week check-up.  She is healing nicely according to Dr. Karlen.  They did a new set of x-rays and showed us how the bone is already starting to grow back.  The screws are still in place, THANK GOODNESS, cause I would have sworn that we had done almost everything wrong during this 2 week period between the surgery and this 1st check-up.  He told her that she didn't have to wear the BIG BLUE FOAM between her legs any longer. You would have thought that he told her she could get her belly pierce, Haha!  She was so happy to be done with that, she quickly ask the doc, "Can I sleep on my side again?"

So in 3 weeks when we go to see Dr. Karlen again, he said depending on how well she's done he might let her start standing on her leg.  Another really happy moment was when they took the bandages off and told her that she didn't need them any more.  He also told us that as soon as the scab falls off, he wants her to start swimming.  This will be the beginning of some of her therapy for recovery.
  1. As soon as she got home from the hospital, she started weaning herself off the meds. She went from every 4 hours to 8 hours between doses.
  2. Exactly one week after the surgery, she stopped taking the meds during the day time and only took them before bed.
  3. About 9 days after surgery, she slept through the night without any meds.


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