Ruby’s Big Trip to Shriner’s.

April 16, 2009

Well, the surgery has come and gone, and Ruby is recovering well. Shriner’s was an incredible experience and we feel so lucky to be a part of the family there.

We haven’t seen her hand yet because she’s in a full arm cast, but according to our surgeon, the separation of her thumb went better than expected, and the other separation went as well as expected. She also had a small skin graft on her right hip to help close some of the separation. In a week, we’ll remove that dressing and see how it looks.

The surgery experience was very scary for Brian and I, but we are so happy that the doctors believe it went really well. Ruby, on the other hand, now thinks that everyone is going to take her blood pressure or check her bandages, and is scared to talk to all strangers. It’s makes us sad, and we hope it doesn’t last much longer.

Ruby will have her cast on until my birthday, May 11th, and then I’ll have to change her dressings for another 4 weeks. They say she’ll wear a splint for sleeping for years so her fingers don’t try to grow back together. In 6 months, or there-abouts, she’ll have her second surgery, where they’ll separate between her pointer and middle finger, and make the space larger between her ring and pinky finger. We hope that after that surgery we’ll see some improvement in her mobility!!

Here are a few pics from the hospital. She was such a trooper!

At the hospital, the night before the surgery.

At the hospital, the night before the surgery.

Ruby and mommy, right after surgery.

Ruby and mommy, right after surgery.

Ruby's dolly has a cast too!

Ruby's dolly has a cast too!

Ruby's first ride in the special wagon.

Ruby's first ride in the special wagon.

Sleepy girl.

Sleepy girl.

Holding daddy's hand is just the best.

Holding daddy's hand is just the best.

Ruby sleeping peacefully in front of the waterfall.

Ruby sleeping peacefully in front of the waterfall.

Grandma came to visit on Saturday, the day after we came home from the hospital. She and Ruby had so much fun playing the harmonica, drawing pictures on paper and Ruby’s cast, making and trying on jewelry, and just hanging out. Thanks Grandma, for coming and helping us through what could have been a tough weekend!

Ruby's new daisy bracelets that fit around her cast!

Ruby's new daisy bracelets that fit around her cast!

In the morning.

In the morning.

There's nothing like staring at pictures of yourself on Grandma's camera!

There's nothing like staring at pictures of yourself on Grandma's camera!

Playing the harmonica.

Playing the harmonica.

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