Our littlest made it through surgery. THANK YOU FOR PRAYING. It was a LONG surgery but in the end -all is well.
After a night on a couch next to his bed... my brain has little creative power in it so I'm just going to be simple.
For some reason unknown to the doctor - Aaron's bones hadn't healed from the first surgery. We knew they were not fully healed based on an end of April X-ray but everyone had assumed that by now the bones would have knit together. It didn't happen. This meant that surgery would most likely have been inevitable. We just did it sooner rather than later!
On top of that - when Aaron fell we think he hit the plate in his arm directly on the threshold. There is no other way that that plate could have bent the way it did. We were gifted the plate after surgery and I could not bend it. It is a substantial plate. When Aaron fell - he fell HARD.
So in surgery Dr. Z worked hard to ensure that Aaron's brain would recognize a broken bone and fix it. This included roughing up the edges of the two ends and doing a bone graft. He also put in a larger plate which has its own risks but protecting the broken section took priority.
Here's the wild part of the surgery.... while Aaron was under, Dr. VanBosse, Aaron's lower extremity doctor, went into the OR and manually manipulated Aaron's frozen knee. We had NO IDEA he was going to do this so imagine our surprise when he came up to the surgical waiting room to tell us that he had worked on Aaron's leg to try to break up the scar tissue inside. He was able to get it moving again. We were absolutely overjoyed. Honestly - that stuff happens only at Shriners. It will take a lot of determination to keep that knee moving because it is going to HURT Aaron. We plan on doing a lot of heat, massage and therapy to keep what was gained while he was asleep.
Me thinks this little stinker is going to do whatever he can to thwart our plans!
Two and a half years ago, when we received Aaron's one-page little medical record from the director at the mental institute - it had on it a list of his hospitalizations. That was all we ever received. No explanations - just a list. One of those hospitalizations involved his left elbow. When Dr. Z took the bone graft he took it from Aaron's elbow. Here is where I need a vomit bag. Apparently Aaron either fell when he was a little guy or someone tried to force his elbow to move and ended up breaking it apart (That was Dr. Z's theory). Aaron's elbow was a mess inside. Hearing Dr. Z describe the condition of Aaron's elbow made me ill. Let's just leave it at that. Things were misplaced that didn't happen at birth. No it isn't fixable.
We are heading home this morning as soon as we get the green light.
Thank you again for all your prayers and love.
The love for our little guy from all over the world continues to astound us.
God is good.