It has been about a month since I posted, and I have been crazy busy & not able to update. So after some serious thought on our end, we decided we just were not comfortable with the way Noah’s arm was set. We sought another medical opinion, Dr Jody Bradshaw’s. He is in Michael’s Sunday School class, and has an opinion that we trust. When we took Noah to see him, the x-ray showed that his arm was still at a 30+ degree angle. That is BIG. We decided to have it re-set. [This is during Noah’s first week of Kindergarten, too.] Unfortunately, that required surgery (anesthesia) for him. Since it had been 11 days since the original break, time was of the essence & he had it that day. It was hard on him. They did not start his meds before they took him back to the operating room, and he was excited to “go for a ride in the bed.”
Now he asks me often if he will have to ride in the bed. He had a tummy ache at school last week and was afraid he was going to have to ride in the bed again. He is terrified of it. He remembers going into the OR, and having to breathe into the mask & count. I hated not being able to be there and hold his hand through it. We were told he would not remember most of being at the hospital, but he remembers ALL of it. He remembers his good friend Stacie coming to see him in pre-op, and everything leading up to finally giving in to the anesthesia. Dr Bradshaw said he is one strong and tough dude, and that will serve him well in life. He was crying when I finally got to see him in post-op. The nurse told me that every child she has ever had in post-op has woken up that way. The Demerol made him very nauseous, and they gave him some Phenergan to ease it, but poor Noah threw up until he went to bed that night. It was awful!
The good news is that from that surgery, he went from the 30+ degree angle to an 8 degree angle. I’d say we made the right decision. And though we normally use Mercy Hospital, Cooper Clinic sometimes uses Sparks OR. I will say this about Sparks: I have never had nicer people to deal with than we did that day. From admission to pre-op, waiting rooms, etc, everyone was above and beyond what we had experienced before. The nurses were fantastic. I don’t know if it is like that every day there, but God certainly placed lovely, understanding, and very competent people in our path that day, and we are so grateful for it.
Stay tuned…the saga continues!