Into Surgery

It has been a long road for this family since committing Riley to Bilateral Hip Adductor and Iliopsoas Releases with Brace Application.

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Arriving with Dad for surgery. Golisano Children’s Hopsital of Southwest Florida

On August 5th Riley and his Dad, John, headed up to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers. John wanted very much to be the parent to see Riley through this event. I remained behind at home so that Riley’s younger brother would not have to directly experience the surgery stress. As his mother, it’s hard for me to step back but sometimes Dad needs to be the hand holder.

The surgery time slot was unfortunate for Riley: noon. A more complicated and time consuming surgery was assigned the morning time slot before us. Fasting a non-verbal child until 12 pm would be challenging enough… skipping his medications was simply too much. The week before I appealed to the head Anesthesiologist who granted us permission to feed and medicate Riley by 6 am on the surgery date. This helped the day start out more easily.

Waiting...

Waiting…

I thought we were prepared. We understood the surgery, the risks and the recovery. We chose the hospital with greater pediatric experience and trusted our medical team. I had the Maple Leaf Brace measured, fitted and on hand. We timed surgery to have enough recovery time before school.  As his parents, John and I have a mission: to choose quality over quantity of life.  We choose to keep him as happy and comfortable as possible.  That does not mean we are able to avoid all pain and discomfort.  Sometimes we have to make choices.  We can only make the choices with the best information we have at any given moment.  Mistakes have been made and we will make them again.  Sometimes we are successful and Sometimes,… we are going to let Riley down.

Still waiting.

Still waiting.

 Still waiting but Riley and Dad are keeping the ER staff entertained!

Still waiting but Riley and Dad are keeping the ER staff entertained!

Surgery went well.

Returning to the Recovery Room however proved that this surgery was to not wrap up quite so easily….

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4 Responses to Into Surgery

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  2. Laurel Regan says:

    Oh dear. Glad the surgery itself went well, and hoping for Riley’s complete recovery.

  3. Alana says:

    Long ago, I had to take my son to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for an evaluation. There, and at the Ronald McDonald House in Philly, I met some of the most amazing doctors and parents. The experience stayed with me ever since. Sending you and your son thoughts of healing and peace. May everything go well.

  4. Dearest sweet Riley I’m so happy to learn your surgery went well. Sending you lots of hugs, prayers for a speedy recovery and positive energy across the miles. From your friend in Canada, blessings – Celia M. (HHL)

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