Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Boy Is Wired!

****For those of you coming here from the FIAR boards or the Sonlight boards, you've already read this so thank you for coming, but I hate repeating myself, even in print. You've been warned, it is the same post, because, frankly I'm just too worn out to say anything else. Wow! I guess I am speechless. That's rare. :o)****

So here is the scoop.

I take back every nasty thought I had about Dr Hopkins and his staff. They were very nice and we spent at least 3 hours there today, and only about 20 min of that time were we waiting. I can see why he is perpetually behind if he spends this much time per patient.

He gave us some options as to how to best facilitate healing for B’s jaw. Surgery was one option, but the Dr felt that if B could stand it, wiring the jaw shut was the best way to go. So that is what we did.

It was really quite painful for B, and he is still in a lot of pain. He said it hurts as much or worse now as it did when he initially broke it. He will be wired shut for 4 to 6 weeks and will most likely still be wired shut during our trip to Colorado. Soccer is completely out, and camp is questionable.

By the way, when they say wired SHUT they are not kidding. Do me a favor, put your teeth together, as tight as you can, now breathe normally, eat, talk and yawn. Okay, now do that for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Yep! That is it. I think there may be just enough space to stick one of those skinny coffee straws in between his teeth.

I really thought they’d leave him some room in between his teeth to be able to shove in some applesauce or pudding or something.

He is basically going to have to be on a completely liquid diet for the next month. Poor guy.

We have to go back in on Friday am to get the wires tightened. It was too painful to fully set the bone today. They got it close, and the Dr said he’d let the bone “rest” and then he’d tighten in the rest of the way on Friday.

Thanks for praying and please keep it up. It is going to be a long 4 to 6 weeks for B.

Betweem A's anaphylactic allergy and B's liquid diet, I'm going to have to just give up and become a short order cook!


nsremom said...

I am so sad for your boy. What a traumatic thing! I did just what you said and I couldn't stand my jaw shut for 10 seconds! Oh my. You'll get mighty fancy with your blender I presume!

Halfmoon Girl said...

Yikes! I will pray for sure!

Jenny in Ca said...

wow, that is incredible..in a shocked way. I would have thought they leave more room for straws and such, too.

your poor boy. I am so sorry for you guys. I will be thinking and praying for you all.

Ma Ma to 3 said...

I feel for Bryce..but I have been there. I had surgery on my jaw to reset it when I was 15 and had my jaw wired shut for 7 weeks! I lived on Intant Breakfast so I could get some vitamins. I also ate cream of wheat..they gave me a super big syringe with a rubber tube on the end instead of a needle that I could fill and empty at the back on my mouth where I didn't have any molars...behind them. It was ok..but boy do you get bored with that after awhile. I am sure there are many other things out there to eat now a days that will work better for your son. I had this done 18 years ago this summer!