Friday, October 12, 2012

There's No Place Like Home....

Well, it took a little more than three clicks of my heels, but we're back in Kansas Nod....

We were not sent away this time (thanks for the broom, Marly!), and, indeed, granted audience with the Wizard.
 
  (Well, truth be told, he looked more like this after seeing the mess Lil' Crow's knee was in:)
After some hobnobbing with his fellow wizards, and some deep digging into that black bag of his, he came up with this:

A combination arthroscopy, osteotomy, and the grand finale: a tibial tubercle transfer (also known as the "Triple T") and combination lateral release.
 
Basically, this all involved breaking (yes, intentionally) the tibia (the main bone in the lower leg) and moving it, cutting the bone underneath the kneecap to change its alignment, and moving Lil' Crow's kneecap.  More incisions were made to remove some of Lil' Crow's hamstring which was then used to reattach the newly realigned kneecap.  Holes were drilled and screws were inserted to hold it all in place.  (Did someone say they would like pictures???)

 The Wizard also found a wayward piece of bone that was embedded on the side of Lil' Crow's patella, which he removed.  Unfortunately, the Wizard did say that Lil' Crow's patellofemoral articulation (the groove on the end of the femur on which the kneecap slides as the knee bends) is basically flat (in a normal functioning knee, it should be at a 45 degree angle) and there is no "fixing" that....

But, all in all, the surgery went relatively smoothly (all 4.5 hours of it) and "as expected." Obviously, however, only time will tell if it was, in fact, "successful."

The trip home was long.  Let's just say pain and long-distance travel aren't the best mixers.  (And thank the good Lord that I had the packed a puke bucket....)
 

The next few weeks will be filled with return visits to the Emerald City....
And then...the dreaded physical therapy....
But, hopefully, my posts will get back "on track" and this will be: 


Thank you for bearing with me through this journey and the journey re-do's....  Your prayers and well wishes were like a warm blanket in that cold waiting room....

29 comments:

Cindi said...

Wow...no pictures please, it hurt just reading about it. Sure do like the pictures you had though. Praying that all will go well. So understand about PT! I will be praying for strength to get through that too. How old is little crow?
Be blessed,
Cindi

HomeSpunPrims said...

Oh Robyn.....I can't believe what your son has endured. I pray the surgery and all he has ahead will make all the difference for him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and you too. Biggest of hugs my friend, Lori

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Dear Robyn, oh my, poor little crow, that was something but at least the trip was worth taking. Prays all is well with him, Blessings Francine....... Really enjoyed the wonderful pictures though, love The Wizard Of Oz.

The Moonlit Stitch said...

So Robin, I'm sitting on my couch with a teenie tiny leeetle boo-boo on my leg where my dermatologist removed a mole (gross) and telling my people "ouch, it hurts" and then I read this. Holy flipping I can't imagine the pain and worry. Poor little crow! Poor Mamma! Peace & healing for you both Robin. Seriously, thinking & praying for your son and you. ~*~Lisa

Nancy said...

I am so happy the wizards came up with a paln. I wish your lil crow a speedy recovery and peace. Hugs my friend and remember to exhale.

marly said...

Glad you're home safe. Oh my, this is a painful recovery. Hope it goes quickly and heals perfectly!

Mugwump Woolies said...

So glad that you and yours are home! Hope recovery is speedy! My goodness what an ordeal this has been for all of you...hopefully, there is finally a little light at the end of what has been a very long, long tunnel. Get some rest!
Take good care...big hug,
Robyn

Beckyjean said...

Sending prayers for a fast & successful recovery.

Becky

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

So glad the surgery was done and went well. It must be such a relief that you weren't sent away this time! Prayers for all of you and especially for little crow's recovery.---Jan

Rhissanna said...

I hope this is a fix, Miss Crow. I really do. And I love the W-of-O pictures. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date with Lil'Crow.




Kaisievic said...

I hope that your son recovers quickly. He sounds so brave.

BumbleBeeLane said...

So glad something was finally done.Will keep his recovery and you in prayer.Warm Blessings!~Amy

1890* said...

I heard somewhere that all super heroes stand with one knee at a 45 degree difference......(maybe that's why i am drawn to looking at them in their tights)..You Have a super hero in the making and that should come at no surprise because he certainly has one heck of a Super Momma!....(hmm i am sketching something in my mind ..a woman with Raven wings.. & multiple arms to carry all that need be, a barf bucket..medical histories, her stitchery ..a laptop...& she is leading her family back to Nod by the beautiful shine of her toe rings~~)

So glad to hear the journey was a GO! Stay strong Super Momma !..
My thoughts & prayers are with the Super Family from Nod! XXOO

Me and My Stitches said...

Yikes - that sounds like a heck of a surgery. Sure hope this will get the Little Crow flying again soon.

Raymond Homestead said...

Wow, little crow sure has been through a lot. Sure hope he is on the mend now. Cute write up, just sorry lil crow had to play a yucky part and be the main character. :-(
Continued prayers for a fast and quick recovery!

Robyn ♥ said...

Hugs to both of you! You have such a brave lil' crow there, apple doesn't fall far my friend. Again you make me in awe of you.

Mary said...

I'm so glad little crow was finally able to have his surgery. Now he will be able to focus on his therapy. He is so lucky to have you Robin. Sending hugs.

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

hi, Crow~
Sending my thoughts~ Prayers~ Hugs~ and wishing little Crow a speedy recovery~ my the Angels watch over his healing and mend his leg~
hugs~
Teresa

Karen said...

OH MY GOSH...the poor kid...but now it's behind you all and the healing begins.
Bad as this was you put it into a light post - but I know this must have been a huge drain on all of you.
Sending out prayers for a minimum of pain when he starts his therapy and a quick recovery.
Blessings,
Karen

~Sara said...

Praying for complete healing.Keep the positive attitude. Hope you have a blessed week ~Sara

oldgreymare said...

oh bless your hearts. Sending up a few prayers. <3
xx
z

Carmen and the Primcats said...

Get well soon Lil' Crow!!!

Carmen and the Primcats

Linda Primmer said...

Blessings for a speedy recovery for Lil' Crow. The wizard of Oz pictures are wonderful.

kelley said...

Praying for a speedy and easy recovery for your Little Crow...blessings to the Wizard for his skills...hugs all around...

frontporchprims said...

Hi Robin. Happy to hear that the surgery was finally performed. Holy reconstructiveness!!! It sounds like you finally got a Dr. who knew what he was doing though. I hope the recovery goes well. I am sure your son is very thankful to have such a great mother. Even if he is old enough to take care of himself. Wishing you a great day. -Steph-

Kimberly said...

My prayers are with you & your family. I pray little crow will have a fast & healthy recovery. Dr. visits, surgery & pt can be overwhelming so make sure you both have some fun time together too! Your a blessing to your son :) Wishing you & your family a happy & peaceful week! ~All My Best, Kimberly

Prims By The Water said...

Oh poor little crow..I sure hope this is his last visit to the Emerald City for surgery and that his rehab days go by quickly. Will keep him in my prayers. Take care, Janice

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Please no more description, poor guy....my heart is all queasy just had to skip over most of it.

I certainly hope that he improves immensely, and feels much better.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Trace4J said...

Morning Friend
Still praying for Lil Crow and hoping he is getting better and stronger everyday.
Hugs to you
Trace


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