Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Orthopedic Surgeon Appointment

I'm sure some of you are waiting with baited breath to find out how Hannah's appointment went today.  She went in at 1 today, and Dr Nichols sent her for some xrays to make sure the pins kept her in the right spot, and sure enough they had.  There were some tears over positioning for one of the xrays, but they were easily remedied with five (yes FIVE) stickers, which oddly enough happened to be just enough for Mimi, Iza, Magi, Norah, AND Hannah! 

Otherwise everything went reasonably well.  Dr Nichols didn't want to recast her in any way, because her cast and pins were set in the sterile surgery environment, taking any of it apart now to recast it a bit smaller and lighter could run the chance of introducing something to her incision or the pins that could lead to infection.  So she keeps her enormous cast for the moment.  She goes back for her next appointment on July 7, and there are sure to be tears then.  Her pins will be removed as well as the cast.  In the office.  Dr Nichols said there was a choice, that they could be removed in the office, or at the hospital in surgery.  I don't want to traumatize Hannah anymore than necessary, but I really feel that the risks of general anesthesia outweigh the possible insanity of having the pins removed while she's awake and possibly watching.  So everything will be done in their office.  I have already promised her the world if she'll cooperate and not freak out.  I have a feeling I won't have to pay up.

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