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