Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Keely has really missed Playschool the last month, so when we were invited to come to the Halloween Party today, I decided it would be nice for her to get out and go.  She had so much fun!
 Little Miss Floppy Ear ready to go!
Play doh time!

 Since today wasn't a great outside day, they went to the gym before we left and she has a great time playing with the parachute and balloons with the rest of the kids.  No pics because I had left my camera in the other room. :(
Not sure when she will make it back to Playschool, since she will be wearing the brace for another 6 or 7 weeks.  It is hard for her to climb and I am a bit nervous that someone may fall on her or Keely being Keely will try and do something dangerous that may hurt her leg.  I guess we will play it by ear.  

Why Do I Wait So Long?

Before I write a new blog post that is!  Busyness or lack there of.  Just not being able to put words together in this brain or a number of other things I could probably come up with!
It has been about 3 and a half weeks since Keely's surgery.  
Headed to IWK to get the Giant leg wrap off!
 We went back down to IWK last Tuesday (Oct 23) and she had her half cast wrap taken off which was not fun at all!  She screamed and cried and I may of felt a bit queasy myself.  I'm not sure if it was realizing the actual size of her incision or the fact that the Dr. ripped the rest of the bandages off that incision or just the fact that I knew she was very uncomfortable.  Either way it was NO fun at ALL! It broke my heart to see how upset she was over her incision as well.
Daddy trying to distract her from crying at her incision!
 He then sent us for an Xray to make sure everything was still where he had put it and it was!  Then it was brace time.  The brace they put on her wasn't actually the brace they had originally had wanted, but it was still in the process of being made just for her.  So for now we have this one, which still keeps her leg straight and helps to weight bare when she stands and walks.
That ordeal called for an ice cream!
Other than a full week and a half dealing with severe constipation and then being afraid of going on the toilet, she has done amazing with the knee situation. (Thankfully that is resolved!)
 She did have a rough night the first night with her brace on and was a bit more whiny the next day, but after she was used to it she has done great.  We have been able to take it off so she can have a bath and to do her exercises or if she is sitting still.  We may be starting Physio on Thursday with someone that will actually come to the house, which is awesome!
A pretty big cut for a little leg, but it is healing nicely!
 The rest of the clan has been busy getting ready for hockey season.  I fully become a hockey widow and single mom of a 3 yr old. for the next 6 months!  As if that isn't bad enough, my husband decides to let our oldest play on a team on the mainland as well!  Yup 2 hockey teams!!  Insert sigh!  Don't get me wrong, I love that my kids love to play and I love that my husband loves to be their coach, but there needs to be a happy medium.  I want husband/wife and family time that doesn't revolve around me sitting in a cold rink holding down a 3yr old watching from the stands!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

This Girl Is A SuperStar!!

We arrived home Monday on the 7:00 ferry after a 41/2 hr drive home and an 11/2 ferry ride and this girl hardly said a word the whole trip!! She only slept about a half an hour of that too!  She was excited to get home and see everyone and apparently eat some home cooked food.  She ate two big bowls of carrots and some corn chowder that Grammy made.

We stopped in Saint John on the way home to fill her prescription for Morphine, which we stopped giving her as of yesterday morning(Tuesday) and she still has yet to complain.  We are still doing the Advil and Tylenol every few hours though.  This girl seems to have a SUPER high pain tolerance, (except when taking off a bandage or when the blood pressure cup squeezes her arm!) LOL

Stacey and Kellan stopped in yesterday with some sweets and a book and Aunt Sharon brought over some Ch Chip Cookies yesterday as well. Ok now for some pics:
Mommy getting ready to walk in her in to the OR!
In Recovery, still very out of it!  She looks so helpless! :(
Finally up to our room on the 7th Floor!
Our room was pretty big!
Eating a Popsicle
Sitting in the chair with mommy!

Crazy girl the day after surgery trying to walk and chewing on the IV! LOL
Our 1st visitors!
Finally home and already wanting to walk with Daddy's help of course! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

On The Mend

Yesterday, Keely had her surgery.  We had somewhat of a restless night and were awake for the day at 4:30!!! We arrived at the hospital around 6:30am, waited to talk to all of the Dr.s involved and then around 8:15 I walked her down to the operating room. I had never been in an operating room and I really hope I never have to again!  She didn't really want the mask on, but with a little convincing and the smell of chocolate going through the mask, she was out in a matter of a few seconds.  I kissed her little face and walked out. It was a very weird feeling leaving your child so helpless in the hands of strangers and basically trusting them with her life.

Then we waited, walked around, got coffee and waited some more, at about 11 we asked for an update.  The nurse came out and said everything was going as planned and they would be done in about an hour.  Finally, at 12:30 the Dr. came out and said things went well, but he ended up having to cut way up to her hip because the muscle wouldn't move in order to keep her kneecap in place and not twisting to the right like it has been the last 3 years.  Ugh, that did not sound pleasant!!  He also said that he couldn't get her leg to go perfectly straight without cutting the bone, which he didn't want to do in this surgery because he was afraid that it would mess up all of the other stuff he did.  The main thing is I guess is that her kneecap is back in the right spot!   He didn't end up putting a full leg cast on, she only has a part cast on the back of her knee, a splint and the rest is just wrapped really well.  So then we had to wait for the call that she was waking up and we could go see her.  This took another 2 hrs, yes 2 hrs!!  I think that was harder than waiting for the surgery to be done!  We were then called to go to Recovery where we found a disoriented, groggy, uncomfortable girl.  After about 2 hr wait in the hallway at Recovery, we were finally taken to our room.  Keely slept and was in and out for the rest of the day.

Today, she has been more alert, ate a couple bites of scrambled egg for breakfast and drank tons of juice.  So far her pain has been managed very well and she even was wanting to get down a few times today.  Robyn brought Lily and Jack in for a visit this morning and brought her a little gift.  Around lunch time they decreased her morphine to half, but so far hasn't seemed to bother her too much.  We have taken her on a couple walks down the hallway in her stroller and she has been from the bed to my lap more than a few times today.  It is hard for a 3 year old to stay in one position with their leg elevated, but she has done really well.  The nurse even said tonight that they actually can't get over how well she has done considering the amount of work she had on her leg.  They think she is a pretty tough little girl and I can't agree more.

So now we wait for tomorrow and see how her pain is and if it is manageable for us to take her home.    I'm thinking Monday will be the day, just to be safe.  Since we are so far away I would rather wait an extra day to ensure her comfort.  The next post I will put some pics up of her hospital journey.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

T-Minus 18Hrs!!

The countdown is on for Miss K's surgery and this mama is starting to stress!!!  I was doing quite well until I went to bed last night and then my mind took over and I could not get to sleep!  I know she will be in great hands and things will more than likely go as planned, but still she is my baby and I don't want to see her in pain or uncomfortable!

We had family pictures done the other night, since she will be in a cast for six weeks, hockey will be starting, hubby is extremely busy and of course it will be getting dark by supper time.  So, no time like the present to make the family stop and take some pics!  I figure we won't see the men in this house once hockey starts, so it is good that we have pictures to look at! 

Let me tell you this girl is a ham, she was quite the little show off for pics, she would stick her tongue out, close her eyes, try to lick her brothers, etc.    She was really quite entertaining and I am hoping we managed to get a few decent photos.  

Right now we are on the ferry and then driving to Halifax for the next 4.5 hours, staying with friends and heading to the hospital for 6:30 a.m.  I think her surgery is scheduled for 8!  Oh man, I'm not sure that I am ready for this, but I guess it has to be done.  Will have a updated post very soon about how it all went.  Keep us in your prayers!