Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kaidan update!!!

Sorry it took me so long to update - Kaidan has lots of needs :)

Surgery went well. She was really nervous about getting an IV, but it went smoothly and she was a champion - like always! The staff loved having her there because she is so cheerful and cute.

The surgery took about 2 1/2 hours. The doctor said her left ankle was worse than the right. She has 2 small incisions on her right ankle and 3 on her left. They removed loose cartilage and bone and drilled some holes to promote bleeding and new growth. Dr. Saltzman is a great guy and I felt like he had a genuine concern for Kaidan. He said this is a tough thing to treat. He said it's just not fair because her life has been so rough already and this is really going to be another hard thing for her.

As Kaidan woke up from the anesthesia, she was as cute as ever. The nurse asked her if she had brothers and sisters at home and she thought about it for a minute and then confidently told her NO. We were pretty surprised by that response! I guess she was living in a fantasy where she's an only child! She also told me that the last thing she remembers is falling asleep and then the doctor gave her a wedgie! I guess she was in and out of sleep when they scooted her down on the operating table, so her unders rode up. It was pretty funny!

The rest of the day yesterday went well. We got home, and you never would have known that Kaidan had surgery earlier the same day. She was alert and stayed awake most of the day. She was even rolling around in her wheelchair. She had been given morphine, oxycodone, and benedryl and she was still functioning! She obviously got her tolerance from someone else, because I would have been down for the count with any one of those drugs, let alone all three!

Last night and today have been a little more difficult. She's had more pain and she's slept more. She did get out for Preslee's soccer game (which was a win...GO IMPACT!!). She's in bed now and tomorrow we'll try to get her to put some weight on her feet for a minute or two.

I'll keep you posted! Thanks for caring!


Briana said...

I'm glad to hear it went well. Reading about all of this makes me feel hopeful - like maybe something good will come and it'll help her. I bet it was relieving to hear a doctor validate what Kaidan was feeling, after he saw it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the update. I'm so glad you're finally with a doc that seems to want to help! I hope she heals fully and quickly.