Finally posting an update

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ready for surgery
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.

Katie and her crew came to visit. It was wonderful to see them!!
Glad to see friends

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!
x-ray  1

x-ray 2

waiting to see the doc

It’s late.. I think I got everything though. Let me know if you can think of anything I have forgotten to update!


5 thoughts on “Finally posting an update

    Katie said:
    December 31, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you for the update! The girls and I were reading away… Look forward to some positive reports in February when the results are back in. We also look forward to seeing you in TWO WEEKS!!!!

    Ms Lu (with Hugs & Hope) said:
    January 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Shelly, Hello Mattie, Hi Family,
    This site was a bit of a challenge to find…discovered several other Mattie’s along the way, grin, but not our gal.
    How neat you had everyone laughing, kiddo, and that you could teach those residents a few things, too!
    Hope the results are helpful as well as informative.
    I always enjoyed ballet, and that goes with the piano that you love (the music does, anyway, grin). Whatever you explore, hope you LOVE the teacher and have a friend just waiting to meet you in there in the classroom.
    Happy New Year!
    Much Love & Warm Support,
    Ms Lu

    Ms Lu (with Hugs & Hope) said:
    January 13, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Hi Shelly, Hi Mattie,
    Not sure why this popped up over at my e-mail addy tonight. ?Maybe it means you stopped in and read it? Anyway, gave me an extra opportunity to lift you up and jot you a note to let you know I’m thinking of you.
    Hope all is well.
    Heart-Hugs & Prayer-Songs continue!

    Kimberly/Mom in the City said:
    January 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Oh my goodness! It is so challenging when kids need to go through medical issues. You (and Mattie!) are such troopers.

      shellyplus4 responded:
      January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

      Mattie is amazing and handles it all a whole lot better than I do. She rocks.

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