Thursday, May 13, 2010

the afflicted


Remember back here, when Donovan twisted his ankle? He's been dealing with pain off & on ever since August & it was decided by the specialist that surgery would be a must, to fix the tendons that kept going slipping in and out because of the swelling that would not go down. So Wednesday this past week we checked in to the OSMC surgery center and signed up for new a new ankle.
Love how they required him to write "yes" on the correct ankle. So I saw the sharpie marker laying there on the table, and got to thinking....Let's just be extra careful and sure we got the correct foot, and write "NO" on the other one. I got as far as part of the "N" before nurse Betty let me know....if the Dr. would see markings on any other part of him...the surgery would be cancelled. So, I'm thinking the Dr. doesn't like to really joke around when it comes to which foot to operate on. I quickly got a alcohol wipe and it came right off. Whew...

The surgery went well, the Foot Surgeon reported after his surgery that the ligaments and tendons were shattered, he repaired what he could and used 2 screws to hold the rest in place. He also had to saw off part of his heel to correct the arch of his foot, to hopefully prevent further injury.

We farmed out all of the kids and got childcare to various very willing and wonderful people from 11-6 for Suzy and from after school on for the 3 oldest. Thank you Rose, Chris, & Julie!! When we got home we had a very yummy, homemade meal of freshly baked bread, poppy seed chicken, awesome applesauce, garden tea, cupcakes AND cookies! Oh how very very sweet, thank you Rose! So very tricky with all those cute little notes on each item, I can't stand to throw them away.





His first morning after surgery, it's looking like he's enjoying this just a little too much...do you think?

Don't worry I made him work for that special breakfast treatment. :) :)

It's been a very very different last 4 days for me~to say the least. Donovan picks up almost all of the slack in the evenings giving me down time...while still being at home. He usually is the one to bath the kids, tuck them in, pray with them, etc. I've always appreciated how he helps with the kids, and around the house~but now there is a whole new meaning to it. Esp. thinking about him being home for 6-8 more weeks. It's been a lot to keep up with medicine schedules, laundry, bathing one extra person in the evenings, meals, & cleaning. But I am very thankful I am healthy, esp. since I had strep throat last Monday and was majorly sweating still possibly being sick while he was having surgery.
And we've had some super sweet meals the last 2 nights brought in! And Ice cream cake!! Yummy! What a bonus.

I don't know what we would do without our church family & friends at a time like this.

Quote of the day:
From Suzy the night he got home from surgery:
Suzy: "Daddy, I'm just gonna stand right here until you need something, o.k.?" (standing 3 inches from the recliner)

9 comments:

Jewel said...

Oh, I hope his ankle/foot heals up real fast! That's great that you guys are getting so much help!

Carolyn said...

Just made me sad he has to go through all this. and you too Heather

Rosetta said...

Just reading this and seeing the pix, makes me cringe~I can feel the pain. At least with my bum shoulders, I can still walk and only used a sling! I'm praying that all heals well so therapy and walking can happen ASAP...

My Life said...

I was cracking up about the NO on the other ankle that so sounds like something I would do. HA HA. You are such a good little Mommy and Nurse!! Can't wait to see you and get you a little break!! 6-8 weeks seems like forever! If you need anything you let me know! i mean it. Tell Donovan we are praying for a quick recovery and that he gets rested up well so he get back to relieving you in the evenings. Oh, and I would really appreciate if he could come here to teach my husband how to do that in the evenings for me :)) take care!!

Yolla!!!!!!!! said...

Hey lovie....I.Love.Suzi's quuote:) she is at such a fun fun stage! I'd like to see a pic of that guy n his bullhorn and scooter:)!!!
you are such a nurturer!!

Yolla!!!!!!!! said...

So sorry apparently I am signed in on my kids account:) Rose

Mary said...

Oh my. That's a bit of a hiccup. I'm sorry that he had to have surgery but what a blessing that you have support and help with meals etc. It is times like this that we come to know just how loved we are. Will be praying for a quick recovery, strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. God bless.

sherri said...

Glad the surgery is over and that he is on the road to recovery! I can so relate with missing the help from hubby in the evenings. Kevin had surgery last fall and we had a newborn too...what were we thinking??!! Glad that's over...and thankful for the help we received...so glad you are getting some help too. :)

cheryl said...

Glad to know he's on the mend! I hope the next 6-8 weeks goes quickly and w/out any more difficulty than necessary. That whole yes/no thing seems silly but is a pretty big deal. There are policies about it and everything. Sometimes people think we're crazy when we tell them those things when they're admitted, but rules are rules. All in the name of coveing our hiney:) I hope the rest of the recovery goes well. Did they give you that big blue pillow? That looks pretty handy.