Friday, November 14, 2008

Bones, Tendons and Screws...OH MY!

Night Before Surgery (check out the difference in the size of his ankles). For the record although this was pre-surgery it was post heavy duty medication hence, the mellow look.



Jared had surgery today after destroying his ankle playing basketball. Long story short his ankle has been rebuilt and 2 screws hold it into place. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? He is doing well and has been sleeping due to some VERY powerful drugs and a nerve block of some sort that they used. Thank GOD for modern medicine. He is not in any pain since his surgery which was at about twelve o'clock today. This is Jared's second reconstruction, the first one was his knee. This got me thinking....I have had 2 surgeries, Eli has had 2 surgeries and now so has Daddy. I am hoping that Alex doesn't feel the need to "measure up" so to speak because I am much calmer when I feel like my entire family is well. I had a bit of anxiety leading up to this surgery as it was just last week that Jared uttered "Man, I need to get this paperwork in order because if anything every happened to me you'd be in trouble" (edited to add: not "oh no I am penniless", kind of trouble but "gee, where is that paperwork for ____ " kind of trouble. Just thought you should know we are responsible adults :) ). Anyways, we have been married 6 years and he somehow neglected to remember that I am a neurotic basket case when anything like this is even mentioned. SO when he hurt his ankle this week and I learned he would be intubated and given anesthesia for his surgery (as is usually necessary) I found it very necessary to eat my weight in chocolate in order to cope with my somewhat irrational fears. On a side note: Why, oh why, can't I be one of those people who just CAN'T eat when they are upset? WHY?? Moving on....I am home tonight with my dear, brave, husband (I swear he wasn't even nervous) and sweet sons (who had a blast with Nana, Papa and Aunt Kim, thank you, and truly didn't notice I was gone). The surgeon's say it will take about 6 weeks for Jared to recover and then he will have intensive physical therapy. All in all he came through beautifully. Thanks for the prayers from everyone who thought of us today! We are aware how blessed we are to have the friends and family that we do. It was mere ankle surgery and yet we have had and outpouring of phone calls with babysitting offers, dinner offers, etc., etc., You are all loved and appreciated!!!

4 comments:

Liz said...

so sorry to hear about the surgery but hopefully Jared mends quickly. I assume he'll be recooperating at home so enjoy the time together and take advantage of those babysitting offers :)

rachael said...

oh my! i had my knee reconstructed so i know the path that lies ahead...wishing him a speedy and full recovery! and a relatively painfree time in p/t too!

Mariah said...

I remember his last surgery. I will NEVER forget the sound of that knee when he went down on the floor. And Clay will never forget the words that followed:) If I remember, that "sealed" the deal for you guys. We thought...they will break up over this knee or they will get married! You stuck by him then (and then married him)and he has you now as well. Where would he be without ya!!!!

Stephanie said...

poor Jared... I hope he is feeling better. You are both in our thoughts and prayers. I am sure the boys are helping in his recovery process.:) By the way, I think chocolate helps in almost every situation!!