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! :)