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"So Frequently we mistakenly believe that our children need more things, when in reality their silent pleadings are simply for more of our time."
***President Thomas S. Monson (Ensign May 1994)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Chad's Update....

Chad's doing pretty good. His surgery went really well. This picture isn't a great one. It makes him looks worse than he actually did. It was taken Friday night after his surgery, before the nerve block wore off. They removed the bone spurs and a lot of scar tissue. The tendons weren't torn, which is really good. They were surprised by how much scar tissue there was, though, and said that that's why he was having so much trouble lifting his arm. The doctor also told him that the bone spurs were really sharp (they're usually smooth) and they got them out just in time. Because, they would have really torn up his rotator cuff if they had been there much longer. He has 9 staples, which Noah and Vance think are so cool. McKaylie thinks they're kinda cool and Myshel refuses to look at them. She says it makes her hurt too much. I don't think it's that bad. They gave him some medicine for the pain, so most of the time he's either in pain, or asleep. I took this picture Saturday afternoon and he asked me on Sunday when I took it. So, that tells you how coherent he is when he's taken them. But most of the time they just knock him out. He's actually cut back on his dose today, so the pain is subsiding, slowly.


He is doing good, though and he's in good spirits. We're both relieved that the surgery part is over and we can just concentrate on the recovery. We're very grateful for all your prayers and thoughts on his behalf and we'll keep you posted on his progress.

4 Comments:

Marie said...

I am glad to hear that the worse is over. Hopefully his recovery will be smooth!

Maine Mom said...

It sounds like going through this surgery was a very good thing from what the doctor's found during the surgery. I'm glad the surgery part is over and now Chad can recover.

Janice said...

I hope that he is able to recover quickly. I am glad they were able to catch everything before it got worse! Doesn't it seem that sometimes the military just sits and sits on something, and then (sometimes in the nick of time)they finally act on it? weird!

Mom2My6Kids said...

Ouch! I hope he heals quickly. And that you get to enjoy having him home for a few days!

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