Monday, September 18, 2017

Nothing Like Your Own Bed




We were able to take Trent outside to enjoy the lovely weather on Saturday. His pain level was tolerable and his leg only hurt when it was moved.



On Saturday evening my parents brought our other children to the hospital to visit Trent. It was nice to be all together as a family, even if for only a short time.

We were all very tired and eager to go to sleep. And so we tried. I have a new sympathy for parents with children in the hospital. I knew it was hard, but now I had a taste first hand.

Trent's room was tiny though we loved that he was at the end of a quiet hall. During the night Ed and I took turns staying with him on the recliner by his bed. Just down the hall was the NICU department which had a family room sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House. We were able to freely use this facility which was nice. It gave us a quiet dark place to rest that wasn't interrupted by nurses. But if several exhausted parents collapse on couches in a small room, you are bound to have one snorer. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, I'd recommend bringing earplugs. It was a long night.

We had to be up early Sunday morning to get Trent ready for his second surgery. But this was Sunday, and nothing was prompt. He didn't go into surgery until nearly 9:00. We were impressed with the doctors and other staff that we interacted with at Hershey. Trent's orthopedic surgeon had called in a plastic surgeon to help. If the skin could not be closed, he would do a skin graft.

But thankfully the swelling had decreased and they were able to close the wound without any grafting. When the surgeon showed us a picture of Trent's knee after surgery I was shocked that he was able to close the wound so well. I almost thought he had showed us the wrong photo. Trent will always have a battle scar and he'll have to be in a brace for a few weeks while it heals, but once again, we are grateful it is no worse.

Here is the before and after views. (Scroll fast if you are squeamish.)


Trent is able to walk without crutches. He has very little pain, just some achiness. It seems almost miraculous that the same boy on morphine on Friday is today smiling and walking without pain. I think it might be hard to make him take it easy these next weeks.



And the best part...the surgeon gave us permission to go home. We had a few more hours of waiting for meds and paperwork on Sunday afternoon, but we were back to our own house soon after 6:00 last night.

And our own beds felt so good.

Thanks so much for holding our family up to God in prayer.

20 comments :

  1. So thankful that his injuries are not worse. I can relate in thinking why us again but God has shown himself faithful in every step of our life. Our past several years have been a roller coaster of medical issues from a liver transplant, appendectomies, orthopedic injuries, etc, and then an accident Saturday evening when our son totaled his vehicle and walked away without a scratch. God has carried us so many times on eagles wings. Blessing to you in journey.

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  2. OUCH!!!! So glad it was not worse! Thank You Jesus, Trent is home and will be ok. Thank Goodness for hospitals, but here is just no place like home!

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  3. Praise God that Trent was able to have the wound closed, Gina. Now I hope you can all relax after another traumatic time.

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  4. That is incredible that the doctor was able to close that wound without a skin graft! Surely God was working through that surgeons hands. Keeping all of you in our prayers and praying for a time of peace for your lovely family.

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  5. Wonderful news! Here's hoping you get your much needed rest!! Trent looks as if he hasn't been through an ordeal at all..Praise be!!

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  6. God gives Doctors the ability to do such amazing things his leg looks so cleanly stitched

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  7. Love to seeing that smiling face after such a traumatic injury -What a trooper! Thankful that you and your family, especially Trent, can rest and heal at home, Praise God.

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  8. Praise God that He provided skilled doctors to help your son! I hope he heals quickly. Does this mean he has an excuse to not mow any more? : )

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  9. Praise God! That is good news, It's amazing the skill that God has given the surgeons. Keeping you all in prayer.

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  10. How Trent can be walking without crutches and morphine is beyond me! I nearly needed morphine for myself just looking at his wound. I'm thankful with you that even in a serious injury like this, God spared him from the worst-case scenarios.

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  11. That is some nice looking sewing the doctor did. Praising God for His tender care for Trent. And now for some nice quiet, boring days at home. That was way too exciting! Whew! Parenting isn't for sissies.

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  12. Praise the Lord for His wonderful healing!! I'm so glad that Trent is home now & that his surgery went well. God was guiding the surgeon's hands for sure! Thanks for sharing the family picture ... such loving grandparents! God bless you all!

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  13. Yipes! that is some damage! And WOW PRAISE GOD for that stitch-up job and the healing!! (Can't help saying too that I love your write-ups.)

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  14. I'm thankful your son wasn't hurt worse. And glad he's recovering well. PTL. Yes, there is nothing like your own bed!😊

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  15. Wow, what a weekend.........glad you are home again :) Praying for healing for your son's leg and glad it wasn't worse :)

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  16. So sorry about this. Glad you had a good experience at Hershey. They are the best. Wish I would have known. I was there on Friday. It Would have been special to pop in and see you.

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  17. Oh that looks absolutely painful. I'm glad that it wasn't much worse and very glad everyone is back home.

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  18. Your post on kids in hospitals brought back memories. My son was born in State College, PA almost 40 years ago. As a preemie he had to be transferred to a hospital with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Hershey was one possibility, but it was full so he went to Geisinger in Danville instead. Unfortunately there was no McDonald's House facility there at the time so we traveled back and forth an hour and a half one way for three months. Those McDonald's House rooms are a real boon. One less thing to worry about when the concern over you child is at times overwhelming.

    It's good to know that your Trent is home and doing well.

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  19. Praising God for the amazing doctors and fast procedure that has Trent walking without crutches! What an amazing boy! He must be a very fast healer.

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  20. Amazing what the doctors were able to do. God is so good.

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