Friday, December 31, 2010

Through Surgery #6

Zane's surgery yesterday went well! There were no complications, and they were done in about an hour and a half. Of course.. they got started about 3 hours late, but hey, at least I got familiar with the basement of the hospital! When the doctor came out to talk to me, he let me know that the nerve in Zane's elbow was moderately compressed and the nerve in his wrist was quite severely compressed. So, rather than the typical 2-inch incision that they make in the wrist, they made about a 4-inch incision and did quite a bit of decompressing. Because of the large incision and the frailty of Zane's skin, the doctor decided to put Zane in a right arm splint that he has to wear for about a week. It's quite bulky, so we're having fun getting his shirts over it.

Zane's pain level seems to be pretty low after the surgery. They put him on an extra antibiotic but didn't prescribe any additional pain meds. It's hard to know if the surgery accomplished what they set out to do (restore feeling in his hand), because it can take a long time. Right now, Zane doesn't have any change in sensation, but the doctor told me it could take 3-6 months. I was a little surprised that it could take that long, but if there's one thing I have learned through all this, it's patience! :) We have faith that God can work on his own time-table just as we've seen him do so far, so we'll continue to pray that the feeling will come back soon!

We've taken it pretty easy last night and today, and are looking forward to dinner and a laid back night tonight with some friends for New Years. We are SO blessed by our friends down here. I am so thankful that God has placed people around us here that are such a huge encouragement. We could have easily ended up in a place where we knew no one & had to spend all our free time alone. Again, it's just another detail that God worked out before we even thought of it.

7 comments:

Karen said...

Another milestone and another answered prayer! I love the Santa pic! Happy New Year to you both!

Mildred said...

I am thankful that the surgery went well yesterday. I am praying that the feeling will gradually come back in the weeks and months ahead. I remember Anthony Burger saying in his testimony that his parents carried him on a pillow for the year after his hands were burned when he was a toddler! I wish you both a Happy New Year. I love the fun photo above!

Dorothy said...

Love the fun pictures! The fact the God worked out the helpful details before you thought about needing them was something we experienced, too! We serve an awesome God! Happy New Year!

The Cushman's said...

Hey Guys! It was sooooo good to see you at the basketball game!! I am someone who like to see something "in person"! That made it so much more real! Praying that therapy goes smoothly so you can come back to the County very soon! Keep up the hard work....stretch and strengthen!!!

Warren and Sheri

Carol said...

Wonderful, Courtney, just wonderful!
Great picture, too!

pk @ Room Remix said...

Hi Courtney! Just catching up on your posts and so glad to hear that things are still progressing well. Hope that Zane will get the feeling back in his hand with the same speed as he has done everything else so far! The picture is so cute - it reflects the positive attitude that you both have shown throughout this whole ordeal. I wish all the best to you in the coming year...

Lorraine(ME) said...

Hi, Such a cute picture! So glad the surgery is over and will be praying for good results from it. Just knowing the pain has subsided some is good news. Maybe the nerves can revive themselves and feeling can return quicker than expected. I'll be praying for that for sure. Thank you, again, for sharing! Have a wonderful week! Lorraine(ME)