Looking at this finger you'd never guess that anything had happened to it! But this is the same finger that, six weeks ago, got stuck in a bike chain and ended up with a deep cut and fracture that needed to be fixed surgically. I have neglected to update on here what happened though. Almost two weeks after the initial surgery Gideon managed to get his cast off. When we went the outpatient appointment two days later it was discovered that the bone had actually moved back to the wrong spot. So Gideon couldn't straighten his finger.
There was much debate by the surgeons about whether anything could be done. The problem was that it was now two weeks past the inital surgery and the bones might have already fused together. Then there was the problem that even if they hadn't that it might be impossible to find the piece of bone that had come off especially given the size of an 18 month old's finger! We were told it was going to be like 'looking for a needle in a haystack'. Eventually they decided that it was worth the risk of more surgery in order that his finger might have full mobility. So we were booked in for surgery the very next day!
It's weird going in for surgery with an 18 month old for the second time. It's eird knowing what it was going to be like! We had a long wait to get into surgery and poor Gideon was a bit over it again especially given that he couldn't have a breastfeed to fall asleep. But we got in there in the end. And the anesthetist was a lot more understanding this time. I was allowed to hold Gideon in the sling while they put the gas mask on to get him to sleep. He fought it just as much as last time but at least I was able to hold him close.
This time he was put in a cast up to his armpit. No getting out of that one. Or so we thought! Just over a week after the surgery Gideon managed to break his cast and work it off his arm. We were told by the plastic surgeons to take him straight to the ED if that happened so that's exactly what we did. It was only a short wait at the ED as they fast tracked us which I was grateful for. But the second time (yep, we ended up there two days later when Gideon did it again!) was a 4 + hour wait. It was really busy and there was a violent patient which was not pleasant at all. Luckily my little chilled out boy slept for the entire time we were there, only waking up when we redid the plaster.
|The enormous plaster cast!|
|Gideon's finger just before we got the wire taken out.|