Sunday, 11 May 2014

Another winter, another cast

Last Friday Evelyne had another spinal cast applied in Sydney.
It is always tough leading up to casting, emotionally preparing for pain, discomfort and sleepless nights. I am usually a mess the week before. And this time was no different. But as usual Evie was relatively calm and although she admitted she was not looking forward to the cast "because it hurts more, and you cant take it off!", she was her normal happy, positive self before (as you can see from the photo).

She recovered after the general anesthetic much better than her last cast, and was able to stand and walk quicker also. However she still needed pain killers and was in alot of pain if they wore off. She also slept very well the first few days and managed the 3 hr car trip home to Bathurst the next day with only one stop. 

We again decorated her cast in her choice of print, and her doll Milly (now renamed Annabelle) again shared the same design.

One week on she is still struggling to sit for periods of time and prefers to stand, kneel, use a bean bag or lie on her tummy. And at times she still needs pain medication. Evelyne attempted school for a few hours each day Tues-Fri, with the help of her aide, and although the first few days went well she only lasted half an hour Friday before her back was hurting too much and she needed to come home.

I'm not sure what the next few weeks will hold. It's hard not thinking that she may already have a pressure sore, but maybe she is still just adjusting to the change in her spine position. I recall it taking about a week to recover last year also. We are also awaiting the x-ray results to see what angle the cast has achieved. In the meantime we continue to pray for her to be more comfortable and that this cast will last longer than the others.