Little J's Operation Date Is Confirmed

It's the letter we having been waiting almost a year for but now it's here I'm not sure I want it. Little J's operation date is confirmed. When little J was born we knew he had a problem with his left leg. We found out at the 20 week scan he had a bowed tibia and until he was born there was not much they could do. What they didn't pick up on the scan was little J had a deformed big toe. So when he arrived we weren't expecting it and it was a shock.

 Little J was born with a partial duplication with a varus deformity. To you and me that basically means that underneath the skin he has an extra bone that maybe should have been connected to an extra toe but he just has one big toe and it's bent outwards. The severity of the angle in some cases can be just a few degrees but little J's edges towards 90 degrees so it has made wearing shoes impossible. He is almost one and has never owned a pair of shoes. He tends to just wear socks but even then we have to buy bigger so they are not too tight.


 Well the letter for his operation has arrived and it's in just over a week :( The letter tells us all the usual stuff before you have an operation and there is also a leaflet explaining what will happen on the day and about the risks involved with general anaesthetic. It made me feel quite sick, nervous and scared for little J because I know he has to have a general anaesthetic but I can't help having that thought in my mind 'what if something goes wrong?

 

The operation will consist of the surgeons removing the extra bone and then realigning his toe so it is in the right position. Afterwards he will have pins attached to his bones to keep them in place. They will stick out the top of the toe so I can imagine that is not going to be pleasant but I think they will be removed after a set time. Going through this operation means little J will have better balance and be able to wear shoes so I know he has to have it done but I wish he didn't have to and his toe was just normal.


8 comments

  1. I can imagine what a difficult and worrying time this must be for you. Knowing that he needs to have it done so he can balance better and wear shoes, but not wanting him to have to go through it.

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  2. Aww bless little Jake. I really hope it's a successful op Michelle. It's so hard to see your kids go through something like this isn't it?

    Louise x

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  3. It must be an awful feeling but I am glad they have given you a date for sooner rather than later so you can get it out of the way. I hope all goes well and you don't get too upset about it. I know it must be hard, but try and think of all the positives after it is all done x

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  4. Lots of luck to your little boy and to you as well. It must be a horrible experience to go through but I'm sure your boy will be brave and much happier afterwards. That first pair of shoes will be extra special! x

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  5. I hope everything goes well hun!!! #bloggingmumscarnival x

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  6. I hope everything goes well for you and little Jake! #bloggingmumscarnival

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  7. Thinking of you all, I hope everything goes well x #bloggingmumscarnival

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  8. Awwww, bless him. It's really scary watching your child go into surgery and you will cry. He will doubtless be absolutely fine and the end result will be worth it as he'll then be able to wear regular shoes! :)
    Hope it goes swimmingly!

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