Surgery Success

11.15.2013

Well we finally made it to surgery day! We knew after Jesse had his first surgery that he would eventually have to go back under to have the two largest screws removed from his leg. When he first had surgery we were told it would be within 6 weeks. It actually ended up being 3 months to the day!! I have to be honest and say that it was a LONG 3 months for all of us. Jesse is so tired of his crutches and he's ready to walk again. Hopefully this big step will get him on his way.

The night before surgery Jesse was told not to eat or drink anything after midnight. We were scheduled to arrive at the hospital at 10:00 AM the next morning. Of course, they called us around 8:00 to tell us to wait until 1:00. Poor Jesse had to go all day without anything to eat or drink. That was probably one of the worst parts. We dropped E off with our neighbor around noon and made our way to the hospital. As with most hospitals, everything took longer than expected and Jesse wasn't taken back for surgery until almost 3:00. 


Before he went back he made a little note on his leg to remind the doctors what they were supposed to be doing. I'm sure they were really amused.
Luckily the surgery only took about 30 minutes and Jesse was out of the anesthesia recovery room in less than an hour. I was SO nervous about seeing him when he came out. I think I'm still a bit traumatized from the last time when he just looked so sad and pitiful. This time he came out with a smile on his face!
They took us to a separate recovery room so that he could eat a bit and let the drugs wear off completely. Pain wise he was feeling pretty good at this point but he was definitely nauseous. It wasn't fun but it was about a million times better than last time.

We were finally discharged around 6:20. Jesse was already up and about on his crutches. I was really worried about whether he would be in too much pain but he felt pretty good. He also left with two pretty crazy souvenirs.
It's pretty weird to think that those were just in his leg hours before.

We were both pretty nervous about him going back on the operating table but luckily this procedure wasn't anything nearly as bad as the first. He's made so much progress pain wise so we were really nervous about how this would affect that. It's been two days and he is recovering really well. We are both so excited and feel like a huge weight has been lifted. This was the big step needed to get him up and walking without crutches. He'll return to physical therapy next week and soon after he'll be able to start putting some weight on that leg. The goal right now is to have him walking without crutches by the beginning of January.

It has definitely been a very long process but hopefully it can only get better and better from here. I can't wait for the day when we can burn those crutches! :)

Stephanie said...

So glad to hear the surgery was successful, and relatively easy. Hoping this is a major stepping stone on his road to recovery. And those are some big screws!!

April said...

Great to hear the surgery went well. It's always so scary when someone has to go under. I pray he heals on time and gets to be walking in 2014!

Jessica @ Better Together and Forever said...

So glad to hear that Jesse's surgery went well! That is crazy to see the screws that they took out of his leg. LOL

Gabriella said...

So happy to hear the surgery went well. Those screws are crazy! Praying for a speedy recovery and no more crutches!

~Dawn~ said...

So glad the surgery went well. Here to hoping for a very speedy recovery!!

Emily Powell said...

So glad it went better this time around! Those things are huge! Crazy!

Lyndsey said...

Woohoo! Glad everything was a success and less traumatic for you all this time around! Those are some crazy big screws! Maybe y'all can have a New Year's Eve bonfire and throw those crutches in! :)

Natalie said...

I am so glad the surgery went well!

Mandy said...

So glad that his surgery went so well and that he is recovering great! Prayers were heard!! :) Now we're just praying that he is up and walking around by January so he can be done with the crutches for good!!

ajs {of MN} said...

i am so glad that surgery went well! fast healing wishes for jesse!

Mateya said...

I'm so glad to hear it went well! Those screws are huge! Yikes!

Praying for a speedy recovery!

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