Saturday, January 7, 2012

Surgery Day!

Willow was born with bilateral club foot.  She had at least one surgery to repair both of her feet as an infant but one of her feet, as she grew started to "club" again.  Today they did a "Left Tibial Tendon Transfer" to correct her foot that was turning in.  We had been trying to avoid surgery but after years of AFO's it only got worse.  When the surgeon finished that procedure, he noticed that her big toe was still sort of "falling" so he also did a fasciotomy and put her in a lovely pink cast. 

We woke at 5 this morning to be at the hospital by 7.  The surgery was scheduled for 8:30.  After discussing her condition and anesthesia plan with several doctors and nurses they decided to purge whatever anesthetic choice they had made from their system because Willow has a risk of malignant hyperthermia.  They didn't actually start the surgery until 10:00.  With the added procedure, she didn't come out of the OR until almost noon.  Most things take longer for Willow; waking from anesthesia included.  We didn't arrive back home until 4:00.   

Spaghetti-o's are comfort food when you have a cast on your leg.  She's eating them right now while we rock out on some Justin Bieber.  She feels pretty good as long as her foots not hurting. 

She has been in horrible pain but we are trying to stay on top of it with medicine.  We'll be giving her breathing treatments regularly to prevent pneumonia and lung collapse and if all goes well, she might get her cast of in 3 weeks and receive a removable one instead.  We're tired and cranky and I have to get up at 1:30 to give her the next dose of pain medicine so I'll have to be brief today.  I just wanted to let everyone know that she's doing well!  Thanks to those of you who prayed for her today! 

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