Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hospital Stay and a Club Foot Update

On Sunday night we went in to our doctors because Siena was acting strange and we had known she had had 2 ear infections.  They had given her amoxicillin about 5 days before, but when we got in to the Drs they said one of her ear infections had gotten much worse.  They gave her a shot for it and said to come back in on Tuesday just for a check-up to make sure it was working.  Between that visit and Tuesday she had started throwing up and was actually acting VERY lethargic.  When I brought her into the Drs they said she was dehydrated and therefore she needed to be hooked up to IV's to get some fluid into her.
We went in on Tuesday morning, and she was released Wednesday night.  We took some pictures, and it's crazy the difference in her attitude and her coloring from when we got there to Wednesday night when we left.
She would just lay on our chest for hours! Poor baby!


She just looks so miserable!


By Tuesday night she was already acting a little better. She at least would sit up for about 10 minutes each wake-time


By Wednesday morning she was starting to feel better and was therefore curious about all the cords.  We had to put a very large kids hospital gown on her to keep her hands off of all the wires and such.

This is Wednesday afternoon.  She was playing with toys and acting MUCH happier.  I think we even got a smile out of her that afternoon.  We literally hadn't seen a smile from her since Saturday night.


 Here is the saddest little video.  She did this a lot on Monday and Tuesday.:(  Just broke my heart!
video

So there's the update on that.  She is doing much better and is acting pretty much normal! So glad to have the happy Siena back!lol

This is a video of the next day after leaving the hospital:
video



Club Foot Update:
On Thursday Siena had her appointment in Salt Lake for her club foot. She got new shoes because she had out-grown both shoes.  We also found out some interesting info about future things for her club foot.

Siena's right leg is shorter than her left, but until she's older we won't know how much shorter, and they won't do anything for it until she is older.  The Dr drew out a couple diagrams for the 2 scenarios on the medical paper on the patient table thing, so I ripped it off and brought it home so I could explain it to Joel.  I'm glad I did that too, because it's a little hard to explain without a diagram.

If the difference in her leg length is a smaller amount then they would shorten her longer leg.  They do this by putting brackets on the growth plates to stop it from growing for a bit and then take them off once her legs are approximately the same length.
Can you see the little brackets he drew? The 2 long lines across the bone represent the growth plates.
If there is a bigger difference then they would lengthen the shorter leg.  This process is longer and I think a little more painful even.  To be honest, I can't really remember too well how they would lengthen, but I do know that it would be about a 6 month process and would require a brace.  I think he said something about cutting the bone and then stretching the leg a certain amount each day.. I'm going to have to get more info on that one..



Timeline: He said that they typically don't do the lengthening or shortening until they are about 8 years old, and then they have to do it again at 10-12 years old.  So this is still far in the future, but still interesting and good to know.  I didn't even know that was an option. Kind of a creepy, but we thought she would just have to wear a platform shoe for the rest of her life, so this is kind of cool to know about.


So anyway! There's the update! Hope you're having a great day!

1 comment:

  1. I read this one early on but didn't have time to post a comment. Such a sad time for all of you when your baby was so sick. Sorry you had to endure this and Siena, too, of course. Glad you are getting some answers so you get some ideas of what to expect anyway down the road. I guess it is a wait and see to see how she progresses in her growth pattern. Thanks for bringing us all up to date on that. She is just so adorable!

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