Amelie’s 3rd Surgery

May 10, 2013
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On Monday May 6th we got a call in the afternoon from Scottish Rite letting us know that they had a cancellation for Friday morning and we jumped at the chance to have Amelie’s right hand worked on. I told Amelie about the upcoming surgery and the first thing she said was, “Dat’s cool.” I asked her how it made her feel that they were going to try and make her some new fingers. She said, “Dat makes me happy.” I told her she would have to wear a cast again and she said, “Dat’s okay mama. Maybe I can get a toy!”

Our friend Sarah came over early in the morning to pick up Nadia to keep her for the day and that was a big relief. Our pastor Darwin came up to the hospital to pray for Amelie right before they started to prep her for surgery which was also very sweet. We had the same day surgery nurse and were in the same spot for the prior 2 surgeries so everything was very familiar and we were ready to roll. Amelie just wanted to confirm “no pin” and “new fingers” and she was ready to go.

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They gave her another Raggedy Ann doll to add to her collection. When they gave her the “goofy juice” to help her relax they also put the side bar up and she said, “Now I SAFE!”

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This was after the surgeon and anesthesiologist had come by the confirm everything and she was starting to act really silly and saying all kinds of funny stuff from the “goofy juice” which she told us tastes disgusting.

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This was shortly before they rolled her back and we headed to the Crayon Cafe to have breakfast.

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Amelie loves elephants and while we were waiting we found this cute guy in the gift shop. We also talked to the surgeon and she showed us a few photos of Amelie’s hand before they put the cast on. I teared up a little seeing those 3 new fingers.

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Once out of recovery she was awake just long enough to snuggle up to this guy and go back to sleep.

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At this point she was doing a lot better and coming out of the haze. A little while later her pain meds and antibiotics were ready in the pharmacy and we packed up to head home. She fell asleep so we headed straight over to Sarah’s house to pick up Nadia. I had sent a little surprise package with her with 4 new costumes I had picked up on clearance so her and Sarah’s girls could play dress up. Amelie wanted to see them when we got home and asked so sweetly if she could be a ladybug. It’s a good thing it was so stretchy and went over the cast.

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She was woozy from the meds and Nadia read her books until nap time. The rest of the evening was fine and she didn’t seem too uncomfortable. She took the cast in stride, but the pressure bandage on her skin graft site really bothered her and she kept picking at it over and over.

*On a side note, all the hand surgeons at Scottish Rite are amazing and they travel the world training people and doctors come to Texas to be trained by them. When you schedule a surgery you don’t know who you are going to get, but you can be sure they will be good. When they put my parent hospital band on and I saw Dr. Ezaki on there I started to cry a little because she is like a ROCK STAR in hand surgery circles. The only other time we have ever even seen her was when she did the release of Amelie’s left hand in April 2011. It was thrilled and after she showed us the photos she took I danced a jig in the middle of our waiting area.

  • CTG

    So glad things went well. Take care. CTG

  • hyunyoung

    Hello, My name is Hyunyoung from Seoul, South Korea.

    I find your website here when I’m searching our baby case amniotic band syndrome. My son was born with abs in last year. When he was two month and four month baby, he had surgery about separating fingers in both hands and erasing constriction band in both ankle. Also he had clubfoot disease in right foot, and his big toe is incomplete.

    Now, he recovered the surgery well but I am very worry he can do well as he grow up. But in your post, amelie is very smart and happy girl. I wonder how you teach and lead your girl so pretty in spite of obstacles~ also and How do you control her immotion when she feel different from other friends?

    I want to see your post continually from now^^
    Very glad to meet your family here.

  • LouanneMason

    Hello Hyunyoung! Glad that you found our site and congratulations on your son. We have found that you just have to encourage your child to try their best. You will find that your son is much stronger than you expect. We have always found with Amelie that she can do more than we think and she just keeps trying and doesn’t give up. The only thing we have really found that she has trouble with is gripping or holding on tight to things that are too wide for her little fingers. But in almost all cases she finds a way to work around it and do what she wants to do.

    And when she has noticed that she is different we just remind her that we love her just the way she is. And that satisfies her for now. As she gets older we will work through it as it comes.