We've been watching M*A*S*H a lot lately of an evening. So we've been telling Sam what it was like when you go in for an operation. Bombs going off everywhere, Dr's jumping up on the patient and thumping their chests to get their hearts to start pumping again, Dr's cracking jokes left, right and centre. Donald was explaining to Sam that two big, burly men were going to come in and grab hold of his arm. One was going to pull in one direction and the other was going to pull in the opposite direction on the count of 3 . . . . but . . . they would count to 2 and then pull, to take you unawares.
Well none of the above happened. It was pretty quiet and boring waiting. We arrived at Royal North Shore hospital at 6.30am to meet with the Orthopaedic consult. By 8am we were walking up to the children's ward and Sam was given a bed. He got to lay down and watch movies for a while until it was time to be wheeled down to theatre.
This time Donald got kitted up in the fancy pants, shoes and hat to accompany Sam into the operating theatre to get his bone straightened out. I was with Sam the first time he had surgery on his thumb so it was only fair that Donald had a turn.
Fortunately Sam was only out for about an hour as they were able to manipulate the bone back into place and he didn't need to have surgery and place the bone with pins or a plate. Here he is in recovery, he was rather chatty and full of all sorts of information.
The Royal North Shore hospital have a school program for children who are in hospital. Even if you are in for a short stay teachers come around and offer activities or movies to watch to get their mind off their troubles. Sam chose to watch a Dr Who dvd.
I sat and crocheted a new bag for my mum.
Donald snoozed while we waited for Sam to recover and have his obs taken.
They released Sam around 3.30pm and we have to go back to the fracture clinic next Thursday to make sure the bone is still set correctly. Fingers crossed all heals well.
Sam will need to have his cast on for at least 6 weeks and seeing as he had such a rough night with itchiness under the cast, it looks like it might be a loooooong 6 weeks.