Surgery No. 8 is officially in the books. It’s been interesting to watch as Jordan’s reaction to surgery has changed. We’ve also been blessed by meeting so many amazing people as they care for our family.
A couple days before our scheduled visit, Jordan and I talked about how Dr. Ponsky would fix his bottom.
He had so many questions. “Will Dr. Ponsky cut me? Will it hurt? Is he going to put that poker in me? Is he going to put stitches in me?”
I explained that Dr. Ponsky would rub on his bottom and then put some medicine in to make it get better faster. I told him he would be asleep and wouldn’t feel it. But, if it hurt when he woke up, we would be there and give him medicine to help.
The questions kept coming the morning of Jordan’s surgery. I’m not sure he stopped talking the entire way to Akron Children’s.
As we entered the pre-op area, we were greeted by Miss Brittany, the child life specialist. We requested her help as Jordan prepared to go into the operating room because they have established a great relationship. Familiar faces mean so much to our entire family.
As we talked to Jordan about how the morning would run, he seemed to become increasingly anxious. In the past, I’m not sure we had tears while we were waiting. But this time, he suddenly held Randy’s neck and looked over and, as Jordan says it, “My eyes are dripping!”
Having Miss Brittany there was so helpful while she helped prepare him. Not only did she show him pictures of the operating room and let him pick out the flavor of lip balm for his mask, but she was able to distract him with what has become one of his all-time favorite toys…a CAT truck with 2 small trucks that he chose to take into surgery with him.
As Jordan and Brittany departed, there were tears and some separation anxiety. However, Brittany came out to inform us he started joking as they turned the corner.
She also let us know that he demonstrated increased anxiety about having the mask placed this time around. We discussed strategies that may help for future surgeries. Did I mention how awesome she is?
As Dr. Ponsky led us into the consult room, we caught a glimpse of Jordan’s favorite orthopedic doctor, Dr. Kerwyn Jones. We informed him of why we were there and Dr. Ponsky spoke with him about the platelet rich plasma therapy that he used during Jordan’s surgery.
They removed some of Jordan’s blood, spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components. They then injected the plasma and used it to cover the area that was removed.
Dr. Ponsky felt that this method would help Jordan’s body rally the troops to aid in healing. He was very pleased with how the procedure went.
Jordan’s buddy, his physical therapist Sarah, came up for a quick visit while he was in recovery. During our final phase of recovery, we were thankful that he had Megan, the same nurse he had after his adenoidectomy and ear tube placement.
As we were preparing for discharge, we spotted Dr. Micah Baird who gave us a high-five.
We then started our exit and, as we turned the corner, we practically ran into Shannon, our previous Myelo coordinator, and then saw our more recent coordinator.
We were amazed and blessed to have so many people who have been intricate parts of our journey. It’s not by accident that we have such an amazing family at Akron Children’s. We believe that God has specifically placed each in our paths at just the right time.
This surgery has caused increased anxiety due to the wound being open by his bottom. We are very cautious about trying to keep it clean. Jordan has been amazing.
Although he shouldn’t be able to feel the wound since it’s located in an area where his spinal cord should not allow feeling, he has shown that he does feel in certain areas and lets us know that it hurts at times.
We were concerned that there could have been infection so we took him back in to have the area assessed. As Jordan lie face down, still on the table, he whimpered with crocodile tears.
I told him, “You are the bravest boy I know! Chocolate Milkshakes when this is over!”
As we face each day, we continue to feel blessed to be Jordan’s Mommy and Daddy, and Gabriella continues to be his hero and he is hers.