Namine goes back into the hospital tomorrow to have her casts redone. These things are never enjoyable. We can only hope that she’ll only be in the hospital for one night.
Namine is making progress. She is still in pain, but seems to be dealing with it a little better. That, and we have a better idea of when the meds start to wear off, and we can sort of anticipate when she’ll need her next dose. Namine is starting to learn to move around again.
Namine came home from the hospital today. Much has happened, most of which I’ve already talked about – her stoma closure, her foot surgery, and the upcoming re-casting. And now we’ve got even more: g-tube removal!
Namine is doing slightly better today. She’s still in pain, yes, but she’s showing more of herself, in spite of being groggy from the morphine. She gave kisses today at lunch, and signed “I love you” to me, Jessica, and other family members.
The main problem with becoming a parent is the lack of instruction manual. It’s worse with a child who has special needs – no two children are the same, and even with something more common like autism, one parent’s methods are not going to be the same as another’s. With something much rarer like caudal regression, you can find the medical information you need easily enough – thank you, Internet – but finding other parents who’ve taken care of an afflicted child is not difficult, it’s nigh impossible.
Namine came out of surgery at 3:30, but of course spending time with her is more important. I’m heating up some dinner in the parents’ lounge now, so I should have enough time to give you all an update. So Namine’s foot surgery is done. Unfortunately, Namine’s feet did not tolerate being completely rotated into the correct position, so they are currently about halfway from their old position to the position of a normal foot.
Procedure one of two, the closure and suturing of Namine’s tracheostoma stoma, is complete. Now, onto the orthopedic procedure, fixing her club feet.