Hey fellow Zukers...
At 730am this morning (wednesday) my 5 year old daughter Ariana is having surgery to fix the elbow she broke yesterday at school. They will put her under for a "closed reduction" and then pin the bone together to keep it in place while it heals. She'll get a hard cast in about a week and will need it for about a month or so.
Though there's no internal organs involved or anything directly life-threatening, there's always anesthetic risk to freak out about. I know it's scaring me plenty...
So can I ask you nice people in my Zuk family to cross your fingers for Ariana this morning? I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks.
First of all, thank you to everyone who wrote in and crossed your fingers and toes (and selves.) Everything went smoothly, even more so than expected. If only our zuk projects would go like that sometimes!! Here's the email I sent out to friends and relatives about the injury and surgery. A couple more pics are included, too.
Thank you again to all of you. You folks are the best.
For those who are not aware, Ariana fell off a play structure at kindergarten during gym class on Tuesday and broke her right elbow just above the joint...in the "humerus" bone. Not very humorous at all! Her pediatrician sent her immediately to the orthopedic doctor who X-rayed the arm and scheduled surgery for 730am the next morning (Wednesday.)
The surgery went even better than expected, taking a little less than an hour. The projected time was 90 minutes to two hours. The doctor said he saw only about 6 of these injuries
per year and didn't like this particular surgery because of its location near major blood vessels and nerves. Still, he was able to fit the bone back together with a "closed reduction" (not opening the skin) and created little, if any, additional trauma to the area of the break.
You will also notice in the included pictures that he inserted two pins in the bone to keep it aligned while healing. These are often difficult to insert in the correct location, but he was able to get them in on the very first try. The pins will be removed when the healing process is finished.
Ariana currently has only a splint on her arm because you cannot cast a broken limb when it is still swollen...the cast will not fit when the swelling goes down. She is scheduled for a followup visit on Tuesday, and if everything looks good she will then receive her hard cast, which she will wear for about a month. Ariana is looking forward to decorating the cast with hearts, stars, flowers, rainbows and other Ariana style things.
Ariana was a trooper after the injury and complained very little of discomfort while waiting overnight for her surgery. After the surgery she was very uncomfortable and let everyone in the recovery room know about it. To help her with the discomfort, the recovery nurses gave her an IV shot of morphine. When this did not completely relieve her pain, they gave her another. With the help of Mommy singing a lullaby, she then was able to rest comfortably. The included picture was taken a while after the shots had taken effect and after they had given Ariana a popsicle to ease her back into taking fluids.
The entire process took almost exactly 5 hours from arrival to departure. Ariana is now back to her old self (minus the use of one arm!) and will take a vacation from school for the rest of this week and the beginning of next week. The status of her soccer and dance classes is unkown at this time. If you would like to send her a get well card or a message over the computer, her email address is: