Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cast Change and Pin Removal

This was not a fun appointment :( I think this was the first time that I have been upset with the treatment we have received by Dr. S and his staff.

The day before Wyatt's scheduled cast change I noticed something metal starting to stick out of his right cast. His pin had started to work loose! It was a lot of work trying to keep Wyatt from playing with it, but thankfully he had his appointment the next day.

We arrived right on time like always and they were running 30 minutes behind like always. Once we got in there we showed Dr. S what we thought was Wyatt's pin coming out. We were right. He was hoping they would have stayed in for another 2 weeks, but no luck. He left the room and his assistant started removing Wyatt's casts. Wyatt hates this and was screaming as is his normal routine. This was the first time we have seen his feet since his surgeries. The incisions were a lot larger than we had expected and ran almost 2/3 the length of his feet. The pins sticking out were a big shock too. Darren and I were each holding a leg and trying to keep him laying down and calm. The whole time Wyatt kept screaming. And we sat there alone like that for 5 minutes. To me, that was inexcusable to leave two nervous parents alone with a thrashing baby with pins sticking out of his feet. I was seething when Dr. S finally returned, but I am so passive I didn't say anything. I was just relieved to finally be getting somewhere. He quickly removed the pins. I don't think Wyatt even noticed him removing the one that had already come loose, but the second one bothered him. He was quickly recast and all the while he was still screaming. All in all he laid there crying for half an hour. When I was finally able to pick him up he was soaked in sweat, but the crying had stopped.

These casts will be on for 2 weeks. We asked if these were going to be has last set of casts and he said he honestly didn't know. He wants Wyatt walking on his feet, but is worried that if we stop the casts too soon Wyatt will relapse. I am trying not to get my hopes up, but Dr. S said that he is 90% sure this set will be his last. Fingers crossed!

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