Week One Surgery and Recovery

As I type this post, we are waiting for Chloe to be discharged from the hospital. We are 5 days post op, and Chloe has been a champ! As usual, her high pain tolerance came to bat for her this week and resulted in a much better than expected week.

We had a room-full of support the morning of surgery. Friends and family kept us fed and entertained and helped the time pass more quickly. You guys are a real blessing to us!

The surgery itself took 4 and a half hours. The nurse who was circulating with Chloe called each hour to give us the update on how things were going. Everything went well. At the end of the surgery, Dr. Mayfield came out and let us know that he was very pleased with how things went.

On Chloe’s right leg, the doctor was able to fix a 52 degree angle, and on the left, it was even greater than 52. That is a significant improvement!

The doctor wasn’t sure if he would snip the tendons in her hips or not until he examined them under anesthesia. But he said it was clear that they were in need some release so he did that bilaterally at the same time.

When we finally saw Chloe after surgery, it was remarkable how flat the bed was! Her little knees weren’t sticking up through the sheets, her legs were straight and flat! Wow! What a sight!

Chloe was very glad to finally get up to our room away from talkative, loud nurses and rest! (No offense, nurses, but y’all know how it is!)

Her epidural was unsuccessful so, instead, she was on a morphine pump IV. She had a button to push for extra doses, and the nurses could give her extra doses when needed, too.

We feel like her pain was well-controlled the whole time, and she got the hang of pushing that button, for sure!

The day after surgery, they had her sitting on the side of the bed with the help of the physical therapist. And on day 2 she was transferring from the bed to the wheelchair. She was progressing faster and doing better than anyone expected.

On the 2nd or 3rd day after surgery, her surgeon stood over her bed, shaking his head and said, “I just had no idea she was going to do so well.” This from the doctor who wasn’t totally convinced she was even a good candidate for the surgery 2 months ago.

We believe God just blessed Chloe over and over again. There are lots of people following her recovery and praying for her daily. You can follow along by liking her page here.

She is strong, she is a fighter, and she is doing so well.

She did develop some pressure sores that we are monitoring closely. She ran a low-grade fever for a couple of days. She had a rough night or two with increased pain. But overall, this week after surgery has been a breeze! Even Chloe would say so, I think.

We are so relieved and so thankful.

Yes, we still have a long road ahead of us with recovery and rehab. And Chloe still has a whole lot of work to do to get her new legs working again. But this first week that we were really dreading is nearly behind us!

Friends have set up a GoFundMe account for our family. If you’re interested, you can follow that link to help.

Chloe has had a stream of visitors that have kept her encouraged.

Really and truly, we are already so blessed by everyone’s support, concern, and love. Thank you!

Moving right along….


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Daile on May 15, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Love you all. Glad to be hearing how things are progressing.


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