I was so nervous about this surgery. You are probably thinking, “after two brain surgeries and you’re nervous about surgery on her hand?” I know it sounds silly and somewhat simple but there was something about going through another surgery that caused me to lose much sleep over. Gabby in her own words even said she wasn’t ready for another surgery, poor baby, if she only knew mommy wasn’t either. Maybe it was the thought of sitting in that waiting room again, the questions of the unknown results or maybe the fear of her being put to sleep again. But I think mostly it was the fact that my 7 year old little girl was about to have her fifth major surgery and it just isn’t fair to her. Plus not to mention the stress it causes which ultimately can lead to seizures.
The surgery lasted four hours with unfortunately a rough recovery. We did get to go home the same day, later in the evening. She had a hard time waking up and did have a small seizure. The surgery went smoothly and hopefully was successful. Of course we won’t know full results until the cast comes off and she starts her intensive therapy. The whole goal of doing this surgery was to lengthen the tendon in her hand, re-route one of her tendons in her arm and twist the wrist more while moving the thumb outward. It probably sounds confusing and without being able to show you in person it is hard to explain. (calls for a vlog post) The whole point is so she can get more use out of her right hand which is the side her Cerebral Palsy is on. Her hand had started crippling up and this is to prevent further crippling.
I am excited to see the results and she is excited to get the cast off. She will have therapy twice a week for at least three months and during that time we will learn the at home exercises to keep her hand stretched out. Her colorful cast (pink, green and purple) comes off on July 2nd and she is already preparing to swim! Hopefully we can plan a great July 4th celebration with water activities.
Until further updates….