My son, B-man or Bucky, depending on his mood, had just awoken from a 6-hour surgery. The surgeon comes to give us an adrenaline-fueled recap. I will never tire of hearing this part: He’s going to be fine. Everything is going to be okay. That pervasive melty feeling in my legs starts to fade. The […]Read more "That time my son impressed a nurse by asking for a pillow"
The rap sheet for all the stuff that’s happened to my son’s body is beginning to sound fictitious: multiple fractured femurs, pneumonia, lung failure, rodding surgeries, and more. My husband and I have spent an extraordinary amount of time in the hospital with him. While most people would rather experience a rapid succession of mouthburn […]Read more "Top 5 Reasons Why I’m Super-Excited to Spend the Holidays in the Hospital"
It seems as if everyone is a doctor these days. Thank you, internet! I am not a doctor. I haven’t even made it to season 4 of Grey’s Anatomy (yet). However, I have a son who attracts lots of attention from amateur doctors, people who think they know a thing or two about medical science. […]Read more "Everyone’s A Doctor: The Best of the Worst Medical Advice We’ve Received"
Branko had his first surgery yesterday, or, as I’m sure all the more experienced Sick Kid-ders call it surg. It went off without a hitch. He is cranky, but at least he’s cranky + morphine. The irritating part was that the series of events leading up to this surgery never should have happened. I feel […]Read more "The First Surgery"
I realize this looks like a weird, stretched-out picture but he’s just real tall, ok? This past August, we were told by Branko’s pediatric orthopedic surgeon that he would require surgery on his legs and ankles in order to eventually be able to walk. Until then, he felt that AFO’s (ankle-foot orthotics) would be necessary. Our […]Read more "Let’s talk about baby leg braces; Show me the Money"
Branko was scheduled for pretty major surgery this past March. Surprisingly, our orthopedic surgeon has somewhat neat handwriting, and he described the procedure as “B/C ankle pseudoarthoses correction i intramedullary stabilization and casting. Instrumentation: Williams Rod.” We are PRETTY SURE this means they are going to line up his tibia to his ankle to correct […]Read more "Surgical Dress Rehearsals"
Here it is. Branko’s left leg. And don’t even get me started on the right one. If you look very carefully, you might notice that his tibia (biggest bone) is not quite lined up with the ankle. In fact, the bottom of the tibia is nearly poking out of his skin. What we thought was […]Read more "The left leg; Some Uncertain Certainties"