Yesterday was long. I knew that it would be long but no idea it would be for twelve hours. This post will be long...
By the end of the day, Brayden had hospital bracelets on every extremity.
The orthopedic surgeon came in to tell me that it would be just one second. I politely (not really) said, "We have been here all day, waiting for you for way too long and now we are told that Brayden has to go to the ER because low potassium. I have waited for this appointment for three months, I am not taking him to the ER until we can talk to you." He did talk with me and the physical medicine doctor in the hall of the orthopedic clinic. He showed the x-rays of Brayden hips. Both femurs are not placed very well into his hip socket. His bones did not form/angle properly for them to ever fit nicely into the hip socket. This could mean a lot of hip displacement, pain and problems for Brayden. The orthopedic surgeon said that Brayden needs to have surgery on both legs/hips. Basically breaking his femurs, putting rods in to properly align everything. WHAT?! That is some serious surgery. I asked as many questions as I could think of in that moment, standing in the hall. We are scheduled for another appointment with ortho surgeon in two weeks since this did not really count as an appointment. (if Brayden's pediatrician or ped nurse is reading this...I need to talk about this to make sense of it all...is it something that is necessary...it sounds like a very big deal for Brayden).
So to be honest, I completely blocked out the conversation with the orthopedic surgeon as we dashed down the hall to the ER. We headed for more waiting but at least the neurologist called ahead of time to let them know we were coming and what needed to be done. We made it back to a room and again more waiting. We were told that if the labs did not come back looking better then Brayden would be admitted to the hospital. If the bloodwork was better, then we were headed home.
Meanwhile, Jeremy is trying to decide what to do. I have nothing to stay overnight with Brayden and I have his nurse with me. What to do if Brayden is admitted? So Jeremy, Carter and Luke started to drive downtown. The weather was terrible which means the traffic was terrible.
Did I mention that it is 7:00 p.m. at this point? Finally the results came back and things looked better, his potassium was within the normal range. I have no idea what happened, we just packed up and headed out as fast as possible.
I called Jeremy to let him know. And wouldn't you know it, he was just a mile from the hospital after a 2.5 hour drive. He turned around, the boys had not eaten so they were headed toward food.
We drove home and crashed.
Oh what a day...
So if you see me this weekend and I am a tad grouchy then you know why.
And we still have one more appointment this morning (Fri) with the ENT dr to discuss Brayden's sleep apnea.