Vivian got her cast off today! The orthopedist was pleased to see on the current x-ray that all of the screws from Vivian's surgery on her arm are still in place. Vivian has a lot of new bone growth which is good for strengthening her arm but bad for range of motion. Fortunately Vivian's elbow has not been fused by the excess new bone, but we will have to work with Vivian to enable her to bend her arm.
Getting her cast off
When Vivian's cast was removed, the doctor noticed a few sores on Vivian's incision. He told us these could either be due to infection or to internal stitches that Vivian's body is trying to rid itself of (pray that it is the latter, as an infection would likely require another surgery to remove her hardware).
Vivian is scheduled to receive her last infusion of vancomycin (the antibiotic she has been on since entering the PICU at the end of June) Monday morning. Vivian's home nurses will monitor her temperature and wounds carefully after that for signs of infection.
Slowly Vivian is resuming her consumption of table food. In the past few days Vivian has asked for a cupcake that our neighbors Emma and Caroline made for her, and she has eaten some macaroni and cheese that our friend Priscilla brought. Yesterday out of the blue Vivian requested McDonald's. I dropped everything and took her to our local drive-thru for a Happy Meal. Vivian ate all of the French fries and drank her Sprite, though she wasn't interested in the hamburger. I am hopeful that Vivian's appetite will return in full after she completes the course of antibiotics.
Enjoying Priscilla's mac and cheese!
Vivian sleeps soundly some nights and hardly at all others. Perhaps without her cast, Vivian will be able to get into a comfortable position and stay asleep longer.
Vivian has experienced a few more seizures this week. The neurologist is going to check the levels of the medications in Vivian's blood and may make some adjustments.
Praise God that Vivian's cast is gone and that the end of IV antibiotics is in sight! Praise Him for the miraculous recovery and progress we continue to see in Vivian. Please pray that there is no infection in Vivian's arm. Pray that Vivian's appetite returns and that she begins to enjoy her favorite foods again (Vivian is typically a very good eater). Pray that Vivian's medications would control her seizures.
We greatly appreciate your support and encouragement. Have a good weekend!
"Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:17
Watching Dora, eating some fruit and drinking a milkshake sans cast!
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
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