Feeling totally shattered. DD (5) had plastic surgery on Monday to correct deformed big toes she was born with. She is now at home, in lots of discomfort, she has a cast over both feet and ankles, crying, screaming alot - she doesn't know what to do with herself. I totally focused on the op and didn't really think about recovery, I feel tired (was in hospital last night) emotional, very guilty to put her through this. In hospital they gave her liquid morphine, which of course sorted her out, now we have calpol alternated with ibuprofen and it isn't really cutting it yet. Casts come off Feb 19th - 34 days.
I don't think they can, because she is so young, it seems that there is nothing in between morphine and ibuprofen. They said that the morphine was really effective but it was a shock everytime it wore off, and she needs to get used to not having it. I'd be all for her being blotto for 5 weeks til the casts come off, but doesn't seem to be an option.
Nothing between morphine and ibuprofen? Come on, there are plenty of alternatives.Call, make a fuss, say you're bringing her back. Pain in one thing, discomfort another. The first can be eased with meds, the second she has to learn to live with for weeks, I agree with that. Age has nothing to do. Plenty of children - even babies - undergo surgery and receive drugs.
We had a bad night, dh called the ward and spoke to the consultant on call, we went in again today and have been prescribed codine
I am cross that this wasn't prescribed before we left but at least we have what she needs now.
Today she is so much better and more comfortable, much more like her. We also have ds back, he had been with dm and dmil, and we have been missing him like crazy. They cuddled up together, dh and I both got a bit teary.
Lots of distraction seems to be the way forward, we have lots of magazines and books and we panic bought a innopad at 6pm last night! I am super tired, been like having a new born topping up her meds. Everyone at work is under instructions not to be too nice to me or I'll cry. 32 days to go.
Thanks OrchidFlakes - her feet are completely enclosed in the cast, so hopefully that is fairly snuggly - we did try to put some socks on but she insisted they hurt and took them off. Will try again now that the pain is better. She can't bare it when it gets itchy or tickly, although I must say she is dealing with it better than I would. She has been smiling and laughing a bit today.
So today she was much more herself, was just lovely. I called a friend who is a pead. nurse and she suggested that to get her up and about we could do with some bootie things on her casts and a frame. Salisbury had thought of crutches, but decided she wouldn't be able to use them and so cancelled the occupational therapist appointment on ward, but hadn't considered any alternatives. I'm cross that they were so keen to get us home as quickly as possible they didn't leave us very well equipped to cope with aftercare. Anyway I called the pead. physiotherapy dept. at my local hospital and have an appt. for tomorrow morning, they were so helpful on the phone. She put weight on her feet today and walked a few steps, she also got upstairs under her own steam and bottom shuffled to the toilet. I'm hoping she'll be back at school before the end of next week.
I'm so relieved that I came on here, because I wouldn't have called the hospital back otherwise, and so glad I spoke to my friend and have the appt tomorrow.
It's sad, but that's the way it is. If you make a fuss and are a real pain in the ass, they take you seriously. I'm glad she's feeling better. It's so awful when your child is in pain and you can't do anything. Booties are good. They give a sense of protection and balance as you don't slip so much on hard floor, especially if you have both feet in cast. Wait a couple of weeks and you'll see her running in them!