Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This is the Moment . . .

we've waited for.
(Well, at least one of them).

We spent four hours in the orthopedic clinic today, but it was worth the wait to learn that Seth's leg is healed sufficiently to have the Taylor-spatial frame removed, and the surgery is scheduled for this coming Friday, January 28. Hallelujah! In addition, the surgeons will remove one of the screws from his sacrum in the hope that this will help Seth's nerve function. Apparently removing the screw has less risk than I feared because it will be done outpatient. Amazing! The surgeon did warn that the washer to the screw might not follow the screw out, but the surgeons will leave it in as the surgery to retrieve the washer would be risky. I had no idea surgical screws had surgical washers.

I asked the doctor if we could have a copy of the X-ray. He said, "I can't give you one, but if you go to Radiology, you can get all your X-rays on a CD or a DVD. In your case, maybe a DVD set."

Since the Taylor-spatial frame will soon be history and along with it, cleaning the pins two or three times a day, I feel compelled to tell of a small NMA victory. When Seth went inpatient in December, on his first night, one of his nurses, in an engaging Caribbean accent, exclaimed, "Look at this ex-fix! It is beautiful! It is so clean!" She called in another nurse, and they proceeded to ooh and aah over it. It's the little things . . .

1 comment:

  1. Yay! Those little things add up! So happy things are slowly but surely progressing. I'm sorry I didn't get to see you while you were here over the holidays. I'm so glad you and Seth got to come back for a bit!
    Michelle Craig