Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Settling in

Brendan was released on Saturday morning, much earlier than anticipated.  We're all so grateful for that, and to be home, settling in to our new Normal.

It's a little tricky, figuring this out -- how this situation fits into the family rhythm, as Brendan can't transition or move to any spot in the house without assistance.  He can't prepare his snacks, go watch tv, join us outside, or do anything that requires walking to that activity without help.  And I am now realizing just how much I depended on his help around the house every day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Another Real, quick update

Brendan is doing FABULOUSLY well.  Pain is well-managed, and all PT and OT goals and tests passed.  His new CPM machine was delivered this afternoon. . . .

This machine will be his constant companion for the next six weeks.  It will work his quads without him moving and working them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Into the storm and out... a quick post-op update

My son came through surgery safely, and the surgeons are cautiously pleased with the results.  They found more damage and complications than they had anticipated, but they were able to adapt and accomplish their main goals of lengthening the quadriceps and centering his kneecap on the right leg.  None of the anticipated bone procedures were done; the surgeons said they wouldn't have been helpful.  Now Brendan's very painful, very slow process of healing and rehab begins.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The calm before the storm

after pre-op, a relaxing evening stroll, enjoying the Texas sunset

THE SURGERY is tomorrow, and I think we're as ready as we humanly can be.  He's more ready than I am, but that's how it goes with moms, I think.  We met with a dozen different personnel and departments on Friday. . . .

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