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>Day 2, 11:00 AM

March 9, 2011


The right medication is a blessing! Joy has been asleep for and hour and a half; much needed rest after last night. She’s sleeping on her tummy, her body draped over a pillow. The position makes her lower body stand on the shoe-tips of her cast, like this.

The fiberglass cast, I learned, is a gift God arranged by scheduling a fiberglass expert to work the shift she was in the OR. Traditionally, spica casts are made of plaster. But they can be done in fiberglass in the hands of the right tech. This casts saves us 2-3 lbs. in weight vs. a plaster cast.

The cast is helping hold Joy’s muscles in their new positions so they don’t fight this:

This is Joy’s left hip on x-ray in the OR, before they put the cast on. Her right hip is a mirror image. See how her bones are so slight that the screws that come standard with infant plates go all the way through the bone and come out the other side? The cross piece at the top is insterted into a channel the surgeon cut into head of Joy’s femur. In a year, when her bones have re-fused in this position, they will make a new incision, back the screws out and pull the top plate out. Joy’s bones will grow into the holes left by the plates and screws. I’m fascinated to follow all this by x-ray and see how long it takes. Didn’t God make our bodies amazingly that they can be taken apart and put back together like this?

And this is Sleeping Beauty attended by her faithful courtiers: two IV lines, one saline lock, one epidural line, and her favorite: Sir Blood Oxygenation Meter, who glows red like Rudolph’s nose. You should see him dance the dark in the middle of the night as Joy slowly moves her hand back and forth in front of her Morphia-lidded eyes.

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  1. March 10, 2011 9:52 am

    >Poor baby girl. I am glad that our technology can help, but so sad for all our little ones have to go through. Hope she is doing/feeling a little better.

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