I was all prepared to tell you that Sheehan is doing so much better after his surgery and the pain he was having last week is now at a minimum. But then we went to the orthodontist today. While his pain currently isn’t too bad, they noticed that his halo is over an inch lower on his brow than when it was first put on. So somehow the screws going into his head have slipped. They told me that we would need to see our surgeon to adjust it and then come back over the weekend to get the wires reattached.
I thought, So we have to see the surgeon today? Or early tomorrow? That’s an hour away. Alright, it’s okay, we can make this work.
But I didn’t realize that when he said the surgeon would need to adjust it that that meant he’ll have to have another operation tomorrow. Another operation? Tomorrow? Yes, another operation. Tomorrow. When the hospital scheduler called to tell me this I felt like crying.
And so I did. Sheehan and I both did.
I felt like we’ve already been through so much over the past three weeks. And to know he would have to go through another surgery so soon and prior to the scheduled surgery to remove the halo in January, just makes my heart break.
The operation is considered outpatient (less than a 24-hour stay) and he’ll be under for an hour or two. From what the surgery scheduler said, it sounds like it’s not a very involved operation, but it’s still an operation. Hopefully, we’ll be home tomorrow night before any of the snow starts. We have to go into the orthodontist on Sunday morning to have the wires reattached. They’re calling for 5-12″ of snow this weekend. I hope they clear the roads for us.
Today is Josiah’s birthday. He’s 11. He said between having to go to the orthodontist and hearing about Sheehan’s surgery tomorrow, it was not so much a happy birthday, but a crappy birthday. That actually made us all laugh. When we got home, he opened his birthday cards and gifts and his birthday became a lot less crappy. But I was glad to see so much compassion for his brother and what he’s going through.
On another positive note, we’ve reached our family deductible on our insurance (first time!) and so the operation is on the house. Woo! Let’s celebrate!
In spite of all that Sheehan’s been through the past few weeks, he was still able to partake in a little ping pong. I found a ping pong table at Goodwill last weekend and it turns out Sheehan has a natural backhand. He’s excited about that. I’m glad he has something to feel good about through all of this.
UPDATE: Just talked to our surgeon. The surgery won’t be until Saturday afternoon. He also confirmed that it’s not that involved – just moving the two sets of pins attaching the halo to his skull to a different location. Sounds involved(!), but I guess it’s not for the surgeon. It should only take 30-45 minutes and he should have minimal pain afterwards and we can go home soon after he wakes up. Relief. Now we’ll just hope this Snow Storm Caly doesn’t dump all over my drive.
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