We got home last night about 8pm and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to be here. My shower, my couch, my bed….Calvin! We left the hospital yesterday morning at 9am and drove straight through. Elena was the champ. She never fussed one time. We stopped twice to get her out, change diapers/dressings and move her leg around, popped her back in the car and off we went. We have been amazed at how well she has done thus far. Riding in a car seat 72 hours after a major orthopedic operation for 11 hours is unimaginable to me, but it was nothing for her…Chad and I complained more than she did!
Last night she woke up just once (hallelujah!) so we were all pretty darn well rested this morning. We’ve been able to manage her pain with just Tylenol and overall, she’s doing really well. Granted, she’s still “off”, lethargic, painful to move around, her digestive system is a little awry and her little body is bruised and swollen but she is doing so much better than last time. And we are SO thankful.
We are so appreciative of all the messages, texts, prayers, meals and love we have received. It has been such an encouragement to us. It’s definitely a crazy (and I mean cuh-ray-zeeeeee) season in our life but our support network has been amazing, and we are thankful for each one of you.
The last month of our lives has been so beautifully orchestrated. Everything came together fairly easily for this all to happen and I totally recognize the blessing that is Dr. Nuzzo. He was worth the trip all the way to New Jersey a hundred times over. The fact that we were able to have an alternative to what 99.9% of orthopedic doctors would do to our little girl (that literally has a 100% failure rate over time and an up to 2 year recovery) makes all the difference. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity for him to fix our precious girl. That being said, we won’t stop praying that this was the LAST orthopedic surgery she’ll have to face for a long, long time, if not ever.
For now, we’ll be hunkered down here at home, enjoying a freed-up summer schedule with the sweetest little patient and adorable 2 year old. That, and waiting for this other little babe to make his or her arrival AND give me that looooooong over due glass (or bottle) of wine. Cheers!
Here’s Elena yesterday on our ride home, happy as can be!