Update on Nathaniel’s Surgery
February 25, 2013 § 2 Comments
Nathaniel is doing very well after his gastroc recession surgery 11 days ago. Ben commented on my “mean” post-op nursing care making him work doing stretches and walking (plus a “bowel regimen” to counteract the pain medication). You do what you have to do.
He now has physiotherapy 3 times a week and is getting used to walking on his cast and now (almost) straight leg. He had discomfort for almost the first week and was quite irritable. He didn’t like taking the pain medicine (acetaminophen with codeine) because of the wooziness but he was grumpy when his leg was hurting. It was the lesser of two evils. He did however refuse to stay home from school and wanted to go every day. I would have let him watch TV at home. He didn’t know that though.
He is missing his “baffa” and playing outside with water and keeps asking me if we can take the cast off. Sorry, not yet, Kid. His little plastic motorcycle is still a hit and he will zoom all over the house and outside.
In the midst of his recovery, he has taken up an “Eh-faniel do it” attitude about everything. He wants to put toothpaste on his tooth-brush, feed himself with a fork even when its a challenging food, and hates when a fun activity is all done. I also got him to sit quietly for AN HOUR by giving him construction paper and scissors. He was hooked.