This morning after her bath, P.T. came and got J up to walk. She did EXCELLENT!! It was very painful, but she did it and is now sitting up in a chair. She does not like sitting up in the chair at ALL, but "no pain, no gain" holds very true in this case.
Here are her walking photos. After the last photo, if you have a weak stomach, then don't read after these walking photos:
Doing the "LOG ROLL" to pull up to sitting position
Learning to use her leg muscles to stand
Bearing weight for the first time
Stopping for a Hug from Daddy
Completed Walk; Sitting up in a chair and Nana giving her words of praise!
WARNING-If you are weak stomached, do not scroll down for this part!
As I told you in a previous post, J has been having an allergic reaction to either metal or the morphine. Once her pain is managed, we will be able to reduce the morphine and once she is off of that we can tell if it is the meds or something else...like the rods. For now, we are trying to keep her comfortable. The rash had spread throughout the day and also during the night. She clawed her belly, feet, underarms and chest in places until it was bleeding. We tried to watch her, but she is quick!
On top of this, which I had already told them...her skin is sensitive to latex and some adhesives. Apparently the surgical assistant that bandaged her up did not realize this, and they put the wrong pads and adhesives on her back yesterday. Therefore she had welts developing around her incision and back. This still does not explain the other rash issues.
The morning nurse was EXCELLENT and she has skin issues too. So she was ON TOP of this. She took it upon herself (because her Dr. had not been in yet) to take the bandages off and re-dress them with paper tape and a gauze that would not break her out.
So...below are some photos for her incision for those who are curious. If you don't like this sort of thing (the realities of medical science), then don't scroll further!
She had thick welts where the adhesives were. We cleaned off the sticky and bathed her well. We also got some of her allergy cream from the pharmacy and it helped so much.
Full view of incision
Lower Lumbar region where you can see her drainage tube and also the small incision where they took bone from her hip to do the 12 spinal fusions You can also see how red and rashy her skin is on her hips in that upper region.