Monday, June 02, 2008

Surgery two is complete

Well, James went for an appointment Wednesday with the foot doctor and Dr. Binerschke admitted him to the hospital for surgery. The surgery took place on Friday and took nearly eight hours to complete. My poor husband was so groggy and in so much pain when he came back from recovery that it broke my heart. I wanted so badly to be strong for him but I broke down and sobbed. It crushed me to see him like that with all the tubes and wires and bandages...and he hurt so bad. They gave him a nerve block in his upper thigh to keep his leg numb for a couple of days but it started wearing off way sooner than that and the first night was miserable for him.

So after five days in the hospital we are home as of this afternoon. The surgery went well and everything should be on the mend now. The heel bone was so crushed that the doctor had to use donor bone from a cadaver to rebuild the heel. It sounded kind of creepy when he first said it was a possibility but now that the surgery has gone so well, I don't care where the bone came from, just so long as it works.

Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone an update and let you know how things are going. Hopefully we'll be able to get back on a regular schedule and life will fall into something of a normal pattern for the next few months. 'Normal' being relative of course :)

Thank you to everyone who has prayed and sent good wishes our way. Your support and kindness means the world to me.


Robena Grant said...

Hey Danielle:
It's me again. I just noticed your web address at the bottom of the email you left on my website and came over for a peek. It's lovely!

Again, so sorry to hear of your hubby's injury and your situation. As an ex RN and having been married to a heart surgeon I've been around the medical fields for a lot of years, although also retired from nursing for a long time. Believe it or not, it's often hardest on the care giver than the person with the illness/ injury (physical pain aside of course). So you have to take a little time out for you and make sure you tend to your emotional needs. Honestly. Even if it's only to soak in a bubble bath for half an hour and read a magazine. Anything to recharge your batteries. He needs your strength and you can't give him that if you're exhausted.

Big hugs to you both and wishing your hubby the speediest recovery possible.

lainey bancroft said...

Oh, Sweetie, I am so sorry! As the wife of a self-employed who went through two years of back surgery h*ll, believe me, I so understand.

Robena is absolutely right! By all means, take care of him and help for a speedy recovery, but don't for one minute forget to take care of YOU!

Sorry to be so late to get the info, but you and your family are in my thoughts.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear he's doing better!