Friday, March 30, 2012

Hand Surgeries Update

I was very pleased with how everything went Wednesday.  Thankfully, both the boys were very excited about their upcoming surgery.

We have been pleased with the doctor.  She really seems to know what she's doing, and she spends LOTS of time with us and the boys.  Of course, we are always pleased with Children's Hospital, too.

Josiah went first, and the doctor was finished in about 2 hours.  He was a little down and out when he realized the limitations of having both hands bandaged, but he has been such a trooper!  I think he has really been better (emotionally and behaviorally) than we could have asked or expected.  He has tried to be flexible and roll with the punches/limitations.

Jonathan was in surgery longer; just one hand took about two hours.  He was much sleepier the rest of the day.  He also seemed more frustrated by the bandaged hands.  Even yesterday, the day after, he was significantly emotional.  We are trying to keep in mind that he is very much limited with both hands bandaged and a prosthetic leg.  (And his left side--natural leg--is the side affected/weakened by the schizencephaly.)  So he has his work cut out for him right now! :)

Today we have seen a big improvement in their spirits and their pain level.  They are realizing they can do a little more than they thought.  I bought some of those little Danimals smoothies, and they can actually pick them up for a drink.  We have also been putting cups with lids and straws on a lower counter, so they are able to get a drink without asking for help.  A sweet friend brought lunch by today, and she included string cheese.  The boys could hold the cheese between their bandaged hands and nibble.  So we are going to keep trying to be creative!  We have 13 more days of bandaged hands.  :)

Our precious church is always so kind to minister when families have babies, surgeries, deaths, etc., and they have now brought us 4 meals since Wednesday.  What a blessing they are!  It has been so helpful as we have been the hands for our sweet boys.

I can see that these next 2 weeks could also further the boys' attachment as they need help with so many basic needs.  And it is an awesome way for our other children (and us) to serve, going that extra mile that we would not otherwise need to go.

God is so good to always be working on us, isn't He?  He just won't leave us where we are are but continues to whittle away in order to bring forth good fruit..

Thank you, Father.


MamaHen said...

Missed you this morning. So glad they are in better spirits today.

David and Janet Hurley said...

Glad they are doing well. I've heard the anesthesia can make people emotional for a while--maybe part of it.