Brian’s very 1st Basketball Game

Brian missed playing basketball in the 7th grade because of the broken leg.  He decided to give it a try this year.  He did a really good job in his first game, especially given the fact he only had a week of practice before the game.

 

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Brian’s Surgery

x-ray (1)Brain’s operation time was suppose to begin at 2:00 PM, so we left the house around 9ish to give us plenty of time to get there.  In route, we received a call asking if we could be there by 11AM.  I told them I would try. I put the pedal to metal and we arrived at Children’s at 11:30AM. The check in process was easy, quick, and secure.  Children’s does a great job at making you feel at ease.  Brian went straight back to pre-operations.  Melinda and his MeMa went with him.  We thought it best that daddy and papa stayed out.  The operation took 2 1/2 hours.  After about an hour, a nurse came out to give us an update on Brian.  She that the doctor had finished with the right leg  and would now beginx-ray (2) working on the left.  We expected the left leg to take about the same amount of time, so after an hour and 15 minutes we began to worry that something was wrong.  Just as I was about to go ask a nurse came out and asked for Brian’s dad and mom.  She told us the doctor was wrapping up, everything went great, and could would go to the consulting room so the doctor could go over the surgery.   It took another 15 minutes for the doctor to come talk to us.  In case you don’t know you should not keep worried parents waiting.  It only gives them time to think about what might be going wrong to delay the doctor.

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The doctor told us that the surgery went great.  He said the injured leg had taken longer because he he remembered the injured blood vessel.  He selected to not restrict the blood flow to the leg like he did on the right.  He then gave us some pictures showing what he had done.

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Now we know, it was not the news we had hoped for…

VisitToday, we returned for our follow up visit with Dr. Wilson.  When we arrived they took Brian straight back to x-ray.  There they took an x-ray of his left leg, one of him standing, and one of his left hand.  Dr. Wilson then came in to meet with us.  He was optimistic but said from what he could see it appeared that the growth plate may have stopped growing.  He told us before making any decision about what to do next we needed to have a CT Scan to get a better view of the plate.   His staff was great.  They walked us over and we had the scan done in a matter of minutes.  After the scan was complete we returned to the waiting room.

We started getting nervous because it took a long time before we heard anything.  Finally, a nurse came in and said Dr. Wilson had seen the scan but had requested another specialist look at it.  We were waiting on those results.  At this point, we felt the news was not good.xraylefthand

About an hour later, Dr. Wilson came in.  He pulled up the scan and delivered us the bad news.  The growth plate was over 60% arrested.  He then explained that from the x-ray of the hand that Brian’s current growth was at that of an average 13 1/2 year old.  He said that meant that Brian had at least two and half more years of growth left.   He then explained that Brian had grown from 5’ 8” to 5’ 9 1/2” in the past six months and that his right leg was already a centimeter longer than the left.  He recommended surgery to stop the growth plates at the bottom of both femurs.  We agreed and asked how quickly he could do it.  He told he would send in the nurse to make arrangements.  We thanked him for spending the time to answer all our questions and to assure us that Brian would be okay.  We left for the day thinking that it would be at least two weeks or more before the surgery.

UPDATE:  We receive a call a day later letting us know they had worked us in.  Brian would have surgery on May 24th.  Glorious news that they could work him in so quickly.

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Brian turns 13 with a splash

BDN_13th_Bday (23)Yesterday, Brian had his 13th Birthday party.  It was a great turn out.  I just wish it had not been so cold.  The party started at 6:00 PM with a temperature around 72 degrees and a strong North wind.  Needless to say the kids did not swim very long.

We had volleyball and basketball set up outside as well as the Wii in the garage and the Kinect on the X-Box.  Teenagers migrated between all four places.

The most surprising thing for us was the lack of food they ate.  We had purchased all kinds of food such as 80 hotdogs, 2 boxes of nacho chips, 2 gallons of nacho cheese, 4 bags of popcorn, brownies, rice crispy treats, and more.  With six adults and 34 teenagers, we had expected a lot of eating.  When the party was over, we still had over 50 hotdogs and most of everything else. We now have no idea how much food we should buy for future parties. We have always been told that teenagers eat a lot; I guess it just depends on the kids, their surroundings, and what’s going on.BDN_13th_Bday (251)

We have told Brian that next year he will need to have his Birthday Party a little latter into May if he wants another swimming party.

 

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Visit to Children’s Hospital in Plano

Children's Medical CenterYesterday, we went to see Dr. Wilson. It was a great visit.  We arrived two hours before our appointment.  We did not know how long it would take us to get to Plano, so we left at 5AM for our 10:30 appointment.  The staff was great and worked us in early without us even asking.  Prior to our visit, we had gotten Brian’s Medical Records from Scott & White. Dr. Wilson came in to talk with us.   He looked at the x-rays and asked us about some missing x-rays.  He inquired about an x-ray of the right leg and an x-ray of him standing from the chest down.  We told him S&W had never done those.  He said lets do that before proceeding, so Brian went off to x-ray.

When Brian got back to the room Dr. Wilson once again joined us.  He looked at the new x-rays and explained that at this time he could not see growth.  He sat and explained what might have to happen.  He explained all the growth plates in the body. He explained what would need to be done if the growth plate had stopped growing.  He told us that based on his age that he might loose an inch in height at that growth plate, but that all his other plates would grow.  S&W never made this clear to us, leaving us thinking Brian would only grow another inch.

Dr. Wilson stated we would need to come back in May to see what the plate was doing.  We thanked him and his staff greatly and scheduled our next appointment in May.

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Megan gets 2nd in Fit-N-Fun Run

Troy Elementary School has a Fit-N-Fun Run every Friday before Spring Break.  This year will be our last Fit-N-Fun Run at Troy Elementary School.  Megan is the 5th grade and will move on to sixth which does not have such an event.  It is a mixed blessing.  We are glad to be done but we will also miss the kids being younger.

Megan ran an excellent race.  This makes two years in a row that she has come in second.

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Rub some oil on it!!!

In January, we returned to Scott & White for a follow up to Brian’s broken leg, the piBrian Broke Leg (4)nched blood vessel, and the infection.  Dr. Brien told us that Brian’s infection was gone, Praise the Lord.  We visited Vascular, where they strapped him into all kinds of pressure cuffs and ran several test.  The Vascular Specialist told us that Brian had a bit of restricted blood flow to his left calf, but not enough to be concerned.  He put him on an 81mg aspirin to thin his blood and scheduled a follow up for March.

We went to see the orthopedic surgeon.  When we arrived they xray3sent us to take an x-ray.  We then waited an hour past our appointment time before we were finally taken back to see the orthopedic surgeon.  The orthopedic doctor, if you can call him that, we saw was a student and not the orthopedic surgeon we had seen on other visits.  We asked about the growth plate and how Brian was progressing.  The doctor in training said it looked like it was not growing.  We asked if there was anything we could do?  He laughed and said, “Yea, I guess you can go home and rub oil on it.”  Needless to say this that was our last visit to S&W.  We went to see our primary care physician to be referred to a new doctor.

Our doctor referred us to Philip Wilson, M. D. at Children’s Medical Center – Plano. We scheduled an appointment in March.

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The Break, The Tears, The Infection, & lots of Prayer

I am writing this post in May and back dating the publishing to December to put it in the correct timeline. It has taken me months to be able to sit down to write this post.  It is also the reason I have not posted much over the past few months.

On November 4th, 2010, our son’s life would be forever changed.  We were at the Cameron Yoe Football field, where Brian was playing his last 7th grade football game for the year.  Short into the second quarter,  he was in on a punt that went dreadfully wrong for him.  He broke his left leg. The video is of the dreadful play.

He was rushed to Scott & White Emergency in Temple, TX.   Here are two of the x-rays of his left leg.

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The bottom of the femur broke along the growth plate.  We were told that it was a Type II Salter-Harris break.  To make matters worse, the bone went behind the knee pinching the main blood vessel that runs behind the knee.  They had to do a CT Scan of the knee and bring in a Vascular Specialist to look at the blood flow as they tried to reset the knee.  It took them over four hours to temporarily set the knee and to verify blood flow.

At 7AM on Nov 5th, Brian went into to surgery to have two pins put into the bone to hold it in place.  Here is what his leg looked like a week later.

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After the one week follow up, we thought our only concern was the growth plate.  We were told that there was a good chance it would no longer grow.  If this happened an orthopedic surgeon would have to kill the growth plate at the bottom of both femurs to avoid one leg growing longer than the other.  This is were the orthopedic surgeon at Scott & White did a very bad job of explaining this to us.  He told us that Brian only had an inch to grow.  At the time he was 5’8”.   This was devastating news to us. We have been told by numerous doctors over the years that Brian should be some where around 6’5” when he stopped growing.  More on this story in the March 16th post.

On Thanksgiving Eve, Brian started felling bad and by Thanksgiving Day he was even worse and running a high fever.  We decided to take him to the emergency room.  We discussed taking him to Providence in Waco, but since S&W had all his records and we would be seeing the orthopedic surgeon there until Brian was well we returned to S&W ER.  In light of what we know now we should have taken him to Waco, but that is another story.

In the emergency room, the doctor took one of the longest needles I have ever seen and stuck it deep into Brian’s knee to pull off fluid to see if the knee was infected and if it was what kind of infection.  It turned out he had a staph infection from one of the pins.  He was rushed into surgery early on Black Friday.  The head of orthopedics came in and did the surgery.  He removed the infected pin and cut a three inch incision down the knee cap so he could flush out the infection.  Brain then spent the next six days in the hospital on a heavy antibiotic drip. He then spent the next six weeks on heavy antibiotic pills.  He also went to the hospital each week to have his blood tested to make sure the infection was going away.  Out of all the doctors we dealt with at S&W, James. H. Brien, DO was the best.  Dr. Brien really cared about Brian.  He even gave us his personal cell phone and said to call night or day if we had questions.  We can’t say thank you enough to Dr. Brien and to God that the infection was cured.

The story continues on Jan 3rd.

 

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Megan’s Birthday

Megan turned 11 and had her first sleep over party.

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We made the plunge and put in a pool…

After our trip to Canada this summer, we decided to cap off the summer by putting in a pool.  We talked with several pool companies but ended up going with Ramirez Pools in Temple, TX.  They did a good job.  I can’t say we are 100% happy with the copping around the edge, but they did do everything they could to try.  The one area I would give them a failing grade in is communication.  If you decide to go with Ramirez Pools you will not be disappointed in the work, just be sure you stay on top of them with the communication.

Here are some pictures of our pool as it went in and what it looked like when completed.  It was done just in time for Megan to have her 11th Birthday party in it.

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