Monday, December 28, 2009
My Daughter's Trigger Thumb Surgery
For insurance reasons, we decided to go ahead and get my daughter's trigger thumb surgery done before the end of the year. We scheduled her surgery for Dec 23 at the Denver Children's Hospital. Yes, makes me sound like an uncaring parent to subject my child to a surgery that would require both her hands in casts two days before Christmas... but that's just how it all worked out.
Surgery check in time was at 8 am. Since we live far enough away from Denver, we booked a hotel so we could attempt to get a good night's rest the day before. I don't like to hold too much back from my children when they are directly involved. So I tried to prepare her for what was coming. My daughter knew that she was having surgery the next day. I told her they would put a funny mask on her face that would make her tired and fall asleep and when she woke up, her thumbs would be fixed. She knew that she would have casts on them too. I didn't want to leave any surprises. So, naturally, the night be before the surgery she had a hard time getting to sleep. But we survived it.
Due to fasting constraints, morning meant no food or drink for the little gal. Off to the hospital. Everything went smoothly, from check in to discharge. My little one exhibited no tantrums (yippee!), though she was a bit nervous. I'd like to think that this was because we had tried to prepare her. But, I never know if my attempts to help actually help. The actual surgery was very fast, maybe 30-40 minutes. But there was some recovery time afterward, which, for my daughter, only took about an hour and a half. We were out of the hospital by 1:30 PM. All the nurses and doctors were very nice and helpful, to whom we are grateful.
Even though the casts are quite pretty, my daughter wanted them off before we even left the hospital. But after a bit of explaining about how her thumbs needed to heal for 2-3 weeks, and then she would get them off, and she was okay with that.
Since then, my daughter has enjoyed the extra attention she gets from me, because I have to help her go to the bathroom, eat, and get dressed, among other things. She also really likes how I let her use a straw at meal time so she can at least drink on her own. Many of her Christmas presents she can not properly play with, so they'll get new life when our sweetie gets her casts off.
The chances of trigger thumb recurring while our daughter is a child are slim, the doctor said, but when she becomes an adult, she'll want to be careful about overusing her thumbs... for example: texting and video gaming. All the more reason to limit that sort of activity since I don't think it's all that enriching anyway!
To read the initial post about this, click here.
To read about cast removal, click here.