We Had a Better Experience This Time

Last time we had to go through with surgery on Natalie we had a pretty hard time. Natalie was constantly waking up and would cry every 5 minutes (no exaggeration). They would give her pain medication and would tell us that it could just be an affect of the anesthesia. We didn’t really think much about it until we told the recovery room nurse about that problem. We noticed Lilie wasn’t doing this. The nurse told us that often kids in spica casts will have muscle spasms. No matter how much pain medication you are giving, that doesn’t fix that problem.

You know what, as we looked back that is probably exactly what was going on. The nurses at the time just didn’t know what the problem was and didn’t know how to correct it. So, a quick warning when you go in for surgery and to have a spica cast placed on your child, if your child is waking up and acts like they are in pain every few minutes then this is a good possibility. You can make it known to your nurse and hopefully get some assistance with the problem. More to come about Lilie’s surgery soon!

Posted in News, Tips and Tricks | November 10th, 2009

2 Responses to “We Had a Better Experience This Time”

  1. Rachel Says:

    My oldest daughter, Lydia (age 2), was recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia in both hips. We took her to children\’s hospital in Birmingham, Al and was told that she would require surgery. The right side is just out of joint but the left side does not have a proper socket for the joint to fit into. The left side will require extensive surgery and recontruction to place the hip into the correct location. We were told that each hip will be done seperately and she would be in a spica cast for each from 8-10 weeks. We are going to Atlanta to see a specialist at the scottish rights childrens hospital. We also have a 4 month old. I am worried that I need to have her x -rayed to make sure her hips are okay. I want to make sure if something is wrong with my youngest that it will be caught early. I have been telling my 2 year old\’s pediatrician that her hips felt funny since I brought her home from the hosptial. Lydia had a rough start to begin with, she was a group B strep baby and was born septic with pulmonary HTN. She had a 50% chance of living when she was born. She was on a specialized vent for 13 days. So, I can see where the hip dislocation may have been missed at birth, but I must admit that I am a little ticked that the MD did not listen to me. After all, Both myself and my husband are both RNs. We are not pediatric nurses, but I knew something was wrong. We are feeling a little over whelmed at this point. How did your child cope with being in a spica cast?

  2. SpicaCasts Says:

    Rachel, I’m so sorry to hear about the problems your daughter 2 year old daughter is facing. To be quite honest, both of our daughters have handled being in a spica cast exceptionally well. The doctor did tell us before Natalie (our now 3 year old daughter) would handle being in the cast better than we would handle it. That is absolutely true! Nothing can actually prepare you for seeing your little baby in a cast. I’m not trying to scare you, but hopefully help you with the idea knowing that your daughter should adjust well and quickly, you may not though.

    It is true that hip dysplasia is often hereditary. It comes from my wife’s fathers side where there were two other children in his family that we are aware of that had this same condition. The likelihood of having another daughter with the same condition is fairly high. I think I would speak with your doctor at the Scottish Rights Childrens Hospital and see if you can set up an appointment for her to get checked out by him. More than likely your doctor there will be a specialist in this type of problem.

    Also, you should know that we were advised even though we caught Natalie’s when she hit 10 months old that were lucky to catch it so early. The reason we were able to find it, the doctor told us, is that one leg was a little longer than the other. They say that children with problems on both hips are significantly harder to diagnose.

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