Friday, April 11, 2008

Not quite home. . .

Unfortunately, Evan will not be going home today. While he is doing MUCH better than he was yesterday and even last night, he is still in a lot of pain and needs the morphine to take the edge off. He is much more awake and alert today and while he is definitely miserable, there have been several times when he has flashed that big, beautiful smile at me. What a trooper. I was a bit worried going into the surgery that he would not be able to tell me whenH he was in pain. I am relieved that that has not been the case. He has been very good about letting me know when his "boo boos" hurt and even if he feels sick and that has definitely helped us stay on top of the pain.

Smiling through the pain

His doctor ended up putting him in hard casts following the surgery and splitting them up the sides to allow for swelling. His left foot has done well, but the toes on his right foot were starting to feel a little cold and were not as pink as we would've liked them to be so they came in last night to split the casts a bit more. His feet are looking much better now that they have a little more room to breathe. The doctor told me after his surgery to expect to see some blood seeping through the casts. When Evan was first brought to his room yesterday afternoon, I could see some blood where the casts were split and a few spots on the right cast where blood appeared to be "seeping" (but as you can see in the pictures, they really looked nice and white on the outside). Now both of his casts look like they are soaked in blood. It is a bit disconcerting (although I have been reassured that it is absolutely normal) and I am so glad the doctor prepped me for it, otherwise I think I might have freaked a bit!

Misery (you can see the blood on his right cast)

He will be in his current casts for 3-4 weeks (we will come back next week to close the casts once the swelling starts to go down) and then he will likely move to short casts for another 3-4 weeks. I was actually a bit relieved to hear that they would not be changing his current casts for a few weeks, because I cannot imagine having to be re casted so soon following surgery. Just thinking about it makes my feet hurt.

Hopefully we will be able to get his pain under control and get him off of the morphine so that he can go home tomorrow. He is doing such a great job and I am so proud of him for being such a trooper! Although I know it will still be awhile, I am so excited for the day when these casts come off and we get to see his beautiful new feet! Even more, I cannot wait for the day when we get to see him UP on those beautiful feet!

Stay tuned. . . .

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a little trooper. I hope all goes well for him.
Elaine

Jill said...

Wow, he's doing so well! Smiling through the pain - he's stronger than I think I would be! :o)

MamáChanga said...

Awww, he's even managed a smile in that first pic, what a cutie pie!! I pray he's home soon.

mel said...

I just got caught up on all that is happening with Evan and I agree he is quite a little trooper. His smile can make anyones day, I just love it. I am praying that the recovery is smooth and comfortable for the little guy!

Melissa

Shelley said...

Valerie,
They aren't sedating him to change to the hard casts???? That's what they did for Xander because otherwise it would have been incredibly painful.

I'm glad he's doing so well with everything that's happened! I can't wait to see his new feet :)

Jennifer said...

Aww, poor guy! And poor Mom!!! I hope he feels better soon, and you guys can get back home!

Maren and dD said...

Dear Mommy, This is Maren. I just had a nap. I love you, Mommy. I saw the pictures of Evan with his bear. His feet hurt, we will say prayer for him tonight. I love Evan. I helped DD fix lunch. We had potato sticks. Now we are going to go play.

Love Maren/h/;'yl,tgg,g,,