Mattie had her testing and surgery in November. On the 19th she went into Scottish Rite and had muscle and skin taken from her thigh. Mattie was a trooper as usual. She had the procedure done with just a femoral block. They called me from the O.R. to assure me that Mattie was fine, and I could hear her making jokes. She ended up coming back from the O.R. with a full entourage all laughing and telling us what a funny and brave girl she is. I forced her to take one dose of pain meds and that was it for her. I caught her in socks doing ballet moves in the kitchen the day after surgery. I made her hang out in the wheel chair a few days to ensure the stitches and tape would last until she started to heal. All of the tape has finally come off and the leg looks pretty good. I don’t think it will leave too much of a scar. It is about 2 inches in length. They said that it would take 3 months minimum to get the results from all of the testing.
On Dec 13th we flew up to Philadelphia. We visited with the hand and leg specialists. Both of those check-ups went well. We do not have to go back to see the hand guys again. They came in and brought a few residents. They had not seen the procedure that Mattie had done before. It was very interesting to me to hear them talk, and see what their thoughts were. I think Mattie felt a bit like a lab rat. She is excited that she wont need to see them again. Our leg doc Dr. VanBosse thinks Mattie’s legs look great. We are going to continue to keep up with physical therapy at the hospital and at home. They also want us to think about putting Mattie into some sort of sport or dance class to work on muscle coordination. We will have a check up with them again in a year. Tuesday we had an appointment with radiology and Dr. Betz. Both appointments went well. Mattie’s neck still looks stable and we do not have to go back for x-rays for another year. That is always good news!
It’s late.. I think I got everything though. Let me know if you can think of anything I have forgotten to update!