Monday, February 25, 2013

Christmas Eve Wound Vac Change #1 *Wound pics*

Pin It Christmas was in a few days- we tried to find things to do in Florida to kill time. Her first wound vac change was on Christmas Eve. We are so lucky that someone on Dr.Paley's staff came in and helped us with it. I had no idea what to expect with the wound vac changes. I had talked to my grandma who had one on her knee and she told me they didn't hurt at all, but that could be uncomfortable.  Since all three of Rory's surgeries she had become extremely sensitive to any forms of pain.  We were still doing physical therapy with her three times a day and I dreaded each time because of the tears and screams that would accompany it.  


doing stretches on her good leg- she was so proud of herself!

I knew the wound vac changes would be uncomfortable, but honestly didn't know what to expect.  I wasn't sure just how painful they would be and how Rory would react, but I knew it wouldn't be easy.

We got to the hospital and Rory immediately started screaming and crying in the car.  It was awful.  I felt terrible because there is no way to tell a 2 year old that this is something that has to be done, and especially on Christmas Eve!

We took off her cast, which immediately caused concern for Rory.  She normally associated her physical therapy with getting her cast removed.  We then had to get her into the proper position so that the doctor could switch out all of her wound vac gear.  To do this we had to put a towel between her legs and tilt her up a bit to get the right angle.

She was screaming frantically at this point.  I had the ipad and was laying in bed with her while she was screaming and crying, and just had to helplessly hold her while Jon and the doctors just got everything ready!


wound vac before the change
When she was in proper position came the worst part, removing the "tape."  Although this probably felt like a big bandaid coming off, Rory was super sensitive to any form of pain and after it was removed I asked if she could just have a minuet because she was so worked up (as she gets) that I was pretty sure she was going to vomit (as she does when she is completely worked up.)

I was hoping at that point he would go and get Dr. Paley and they would say the wound looked great and we could close her incision up that day, but no such luck.  

We were watching "The Lorax," which normally helps, but nothing could calm her down.  At this point I was in tears too.  The doctors asked us if she was on any pain meds, and she still refused to take any after her surgeries, we even tried to give her Tylenol, but she just refused all meds.  


her incision during wound vac change
She was completely hysterical, but we ended up getting it all changed and then we could go back to hotel home.  There wasn't much we could do with Rory, she was really upset and so we just wanted her to be happy, so we went home and tried to have a good Christmas Eve.  

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