Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Little Setback

Ok, I will say it felt like a huge setback.  However, everything is a matter of perspective.

Tuesday Jonathan's dressing fell off in a public restroom, only to reveal that his incision had significantly opened.  Mmmmmm. . .not nice.  It was larger than a quarter, maybe half-dollar size.

Before I panicked, I pulled out the extra dressing supplies in my purse, rewrapped it, and fumbled for the doctor's number on my phone.

Now the reason we were in a public restroom is bc we were at Josiah's doctor appointment--a plastic surgeon (more details on this later).  I explained our predicament to the receptionist; she was very understanding and said she would get us right back (so we could see him and then get on to Jonathan's dr). 

Now a plastic surgeon could have been helpful in this situation, but I never got to meet him.  After waiting an hour and a half and never seeing even the shadow of this dr, I packed up the 8 kids and our stuff and left.  :/

Jonathan's doctor took us right in.  He looked at it and said it would have to be repaired in the OR. 

So Wednesday we were there at 6 AM.  The procedure went well.  Evidently, the skin that had been pulled over the knee did not survive.  The doctor had to trim away a good bit of dead tissue, and the wound could not be stitched back together.  They applied a wound vac which should accelerate the healing.

The doctor said he needed to change the wound vac in the OR bc it will be painful enough that he needs to be asleep again.  I think the total time with a wound vac should be around 2 weeks. 

Meanwhile, Jonathan is a bit stationary.  :)  The doctor discouraged walker use or other active movement at least until Monday.  Mama is discouraging most mobility.  ;)  Jonathan gets carried everywhere and gets to watch a lot of movies. 

Goal for the weekend?  No more setbacks. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Since We Have Been Home

Just a little update.

I am so pleased and even surprised at how well Jonathan has been doing these past few days at home.

We are able to go longer between pain medicine, and he does his therapy exercises without complaint. (I won't tell you how they wear me out. ;)

Using the walker and doing things that require balancing on one leg are our challenges, but we keep pluggin' away.

This morning dear hubby and the big kids have gone to church, so Jonathan and I are sitting on the deck enjoying the mild weather and watching Faith play with Josiah and Micah in the yard.

So thankful!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jonathan's Progress in Pics

Last knee stroll before surgery

Lovin' his Thomas the Train sticker--about to go to surgery

"Now just how do I get this thing off?"

Therapy is not easy.

"I could get used to these wheels--too bad they are not #1 priority. . . ."

Jonathan's day has been very up and down.  It seems to take a lot of medicine to keep
his pain managed.  We're praying tomorrow will be more promising, especially as everyone seems
so anxious to send him home.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Jonathan is resting.

The surgery went very well, and we are so thankful!

It must have gotten rough in recovery bc they came and got me saying, "He really wants his mommy."

(As an adoptive mommy, I do not take that for granted! Praising the Lord for positive attachment! But I can't imagine the fear of waking up in a strange, sterile room with strange adults.)

He had a rough 3-4 hours of pain and probably anesthesia issues. But for the past 2 hours, he has seemed somewhat more comfortable. Thanks to another dose of morphine and some benedryl, he is now napping peacefully.

Not sure he has really grasped what has happened today.

I think he will have a little physical therapy tomorrow.

Praising the Lord for His help today!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Preparing for Surgery

Tomorrow is Jonathan's big day.

Tomorrow is the first hard step toward his prosthetic leg.

We have to be at the hospital in the morning at 6 AM for Jonathan's knee disarticulation.  The doctor will be removing his right leg from the knee down.

We are so excited for Jonathan's future and the promising potential of his soon walking--probably before Christmas.

But I have to admit that it is a bit (or a lot) nervewrecking as we try to imagine what to expect in the next few days and weeks for Jonathan.

How will this loss affect him?  Will he be able to comprehend the big picture?  Even the little picture?

All we know is that we love him. . . .and that God loves him even more.  And our trust is in Him.

Will you please pray for Jonathan???