Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Day 2463 - Hospital vibes

Here we are again, tra la la ....



Today's post comes to you from my daughter's bedside at Strathfield Private Hospital, Sydney.

It's time to get the Nuss bar taken out which comes as a big relief for our girl after two years of being "braced" under her rib-cage with a metal rod.

What is a Nuss bar? It's a big steel/titanium* bar, shaped like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, inserted under her rib cage to push out her sternum which was caved in due to pectus excavatum.

This is not only necessary for self esteem purposes (a collapsed sternum leaves a major cavernous hole in the chest) but also helps rectify any cardiopulmonary implications pectus excavatum can bring.



The rod hasn't been a silent visitor.  She could feel it and it often scraped a bit on her ribs.  Plus it inhibited her when it came to sports and anything too physical.  All contact sport is banned when the bar is in place at the risk of dislodging it and it damaging internal organs.

It also complicates things in the event of cardiac arrest.  A Nuss bar inhibits the ability to resuscitate via chest compression which has always been in the back of my mind.

So this removal is a coming as a huge relief.  For all of us, but especially for her.

She's been counting down the days.  After such a horrific recovery last time (and I guess the word "horrific" is relative but I was totally horrified at the time) she's going into this one with good vibes, relief, positivity and only the tiniest amount of nerves.

Apparently all the surgeon has to do is open up the existing scars, straighten the bar and pull it out, then stitch her back up and send her home.

Chicken feed.

Here's hoping!


*Not sure if hers is steel or titanium.  I seem to recall it might be the latter ...

32 comments :

  1. That is a huge thing, congrats and best wishes to you both. I gotta say, that's the most colorful call button remote I've every seen.

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  2. Hope everything goes well for your daughters surgery.....always stressful when your babies need medical intervention xxx

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    1. Yeah, your heart definitely hurts when they look so fragile

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  3. Anything like this with our children is a stress. Hope the day went well xx

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  4. Anything like this with our children is a stress. Hope the day went well xx

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  5. Hope everything goes well and recovery is quick! What a thing to have.

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    1. Definitely an "interesting" medical issue, that's for sure. All over now though. Phew!

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  6. Gosh that is a huge operation I hope it all goes well and wish her a very fast recovery xx

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  7. Wow! Best of luck to your daughter! I too, hope all has gone well and that she has a speedy recovery. Does she plan on playing any sports? (I think I would!) :)

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    1. Not sure re sports. It's been a while. Prior to the bar she'd done competition cheerleading (tumbles, flips, stunts etc) I think she's still a bit too fragile for that. At least she knows she can now ...

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  8. I hope everything goes smoothly removing it and she recovers quickly! Sending positive vibes your way :)

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    1. Thanks Di. It went fairly smoothly. Reacted to pain meds which kept us in hospital longer than expected, but all good now.

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  9. I hope it has gone well for your daughter; what a brave girl!! I hope that she makes a speedy recovery xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle. She's well on her way to recovery now. She did good!

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  10. Wow, they sound awful. I mean, important to have done, but something like that would make me an anxious mama! I hope her surgery goes well xx

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    1. Definitely some anxious moments particularly when the bar went in. So happy to have it out now!

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  11. I hope all is good now and you are heading home!! How stressful!

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    1. Home safe and sound and almost back to normal.

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  12. That bar sounds like a necessity but an evil one! I hope it was removed safely and as painlessly as possible and that now everyone can enjoy the long exhale! I do love a happy ending!

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    1. Necessary evil is a good description. But yes, exhaling now ...

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  13. Oh yay. Chookas for the surgery and the recovery. Hugs xx

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    1. I have not heard the word "chookas" for such a long time. Thanks Emily.

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  14. All the best for a quick and complication free recovery for your daughter.

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    1. Thanks FFL. Some minor complications due to pain meds (loads of vomiting) but all good now!

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  15. Oh Leanne, I remember first reading your blog when she had this inserted..gosh I hope it has gone well as it comes out. Denyse xx

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    1. It's all good. She's home and doing well. Back to school in a day or so.

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  16. Oh, Leanne! I hope the surgery went well and your daughter's recovery is a smooth one. Actually feeling something scrape against your ribs would be so scary! Big hugs x

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