Saturday, July 26, 2008
Surgery Follow Up
Jon's surgery went well and thankfully, the doctor was able to work with the tendon tunnel and the tendon and pull it back through and reattach it. That means that there will be no follow up surgery (Praise The Lord!). Strangely, his tendon is attached to his finger (on the inside) by sewing a button on the outside of his finger and attaching the tendon to the button from the inside (or something like that). You can see the button outside his finger in the picture. Jon starts physical therapy on Monday and his hand will be wrapped in "a claw" for the next 6 weeks. His thumb is the only digit exposed so he is pretty limited in his activities but he is managing well so far. He has been pretty doped up on vicodin (which means sleeping a lot and being a little more grumpy than normal) but even with the meds he is still in some pain. His finger flinches involuntarily and that makes his skin crawl (ouch!).
After 6 weeks though, the claw will be removed and he will be able to use his hand normally, although carefully for a while. I don't think I will have to do any paper typing for him--whew!
Thanks for praying because the surgeon was very surprised that he could work with the tendon and the tunnel. Normally the tendon is pretty scarred and the tunnel is closed after so long of a period between injury and surgery. I think God answered our prayers and even planned things to work out in advance. Juggling all the kids would have been MUCH more difficult had my mother not been here to help out. I had to stay at the surgery center the whole time he was in surgery so having my mom on hand was a life saver. We didn't plan the surgery around my mom coming--it all just worked out that way. And, the surgery got moved up a week which was even better because the surgery was supposed to happen the day before Ewan's 5th birthday party. I think God was taking care of us, for sure, for sure! Praise be to Him!