She was fasted from 7am and we arrived at the hospital at 12.45pm. She finally went into theatre at 2.15pm and we finally got to see her again at 7.00pm in recovery, so a very long surgery.
I was very thankful that she had the epidural in for the pain management which was a concoction of Fentanyl and Clonidine. She still required additional pain meds on top of this.
They took the epidural out on Thursday which one of the anaesthetists was not impressed about when he found out, as he said she really needed it in for 72 hours minimum.
She was very sedated the first day and when she did finally awake to talk the first things she said were "Can't sit up" not that she tried of course but she must have just known she couldn't feel like she could (having the epidural in). She then added "need do a wee after this" again could not feel this sensation but knew that she hadn't been for so long and assumed she should be going...I then had to explain a catheter to her which she didn't seem to mind until a few days later when she no longer had the epidural in and said what's that in my ..... and was trying to pull it out!
On 23rd and 24th, she developed high temp, was tachycardic and oxygen saturation dropped to 79 and required hours on end of oxygen...
After epidural was out, they started her on Oxycodone and Diazepam, + Nurofen and Panadol. So thankful for the Diazopan as this helped relieve her muscle spasms which were waking her every 2 minutes.
She abused the nurses and therapists constantly! Was very embarrassing and when she whipped out a swear word a few times and in context, I wished the ground would open and swallow me up! She sure must have been in pain as it was constant verbal abuse to them all. Spose the fact she has spent the past 5 years in hospital with ops, appts, therapies etc she is not a trusting soul.After seeing all the blood come through her cast, we were glad to hear that on Friday they would be putting a colour fibreglass layer to cover this. I had visions of her going back to school in a few weeks and scaring all the kids!
On Friday, we had a lovely delivery of gorgeous flowers, teddy and balloon for Violet all the way from Western Australia. These were from the lovely Debbie and her son William who recently had major surgery for his Cerebral Palsy. It really brightened Violet up! Thanks Debbie and William x
She was discharged today and has ample pain meds to keep her comfortable at home.
We have alot of physio starting now and the more intense, once she is out of the cast.
Once she starts weight baring again she will need a walker to assist and they have warned me she may regress before any progress is seen.
We have Orthopaedic Surgeon review in 2 weeks.
Thanks for everyones messages of support all week, we have really appreciated it x