Rachael started her second semester of high school today. I still have Gretchen at home. She had her two week post-op check on January 3rd. Stitches have been removed. She still has the pin in her heel. She worked herself up about getting the stitches out, but the procedure went without a big hitch. The problem came when the doctor wanted to put her foot in a boot. The boot keeps her foot in the correct position while healing. She screamed and cried her ankle couldn't move into the boot without a lot of pain.
The other plus to the boot, her foot is no longer all wrapped up. We can remove the boot and help her bathe. Well despite having her last shower the morning of the surgery, Gretchen did not want to remove the boot. I finally talked her into it Saturday afternoon. She took a bath. Then we put the boot back on. It did not look the same as when the doctor put it on. I googled how to put on a walking boot. YouTube had a couple easy to follow videos. We followed them. Gretchen said her heel was all the way in the back of the boot. It looked like it was to me too, but it still doesn't look the way the doctor had her foot in it. I'm not sure if I'm second guessing by appearance or the fact she didn't scream bloody murder when we put the boot back on after the bath.
Anyhow after the boot fiasco, the doctor signed the paperwork for school. Gretchen wanted to start back before the 14th but I think she really flustered the doctor with her boot tantrum. He put the 14th. Gretchen's main concern is missing schoolwork protocol. She doesn't want to be marked off for late work. I told her she can't be marked off with a doctor's excuse. The school will give you time to complete the missed work without deducting your grade. In the meantime, we have this week to set up the plan to help Gretchen return to school with the wheelchair.
This morning it was up at 6AM again to get Rachael ready for school and call Gretchen in absent. Shawn should be able to bring Gretchen's paperwork in tomorrow. Hopefully he can find out how Gretchen will get around school in the wheelchair. Her second concern, who will be assigned to aid her. She wanted to know if it would be a classmate. I told her I haven't set up a special need plan before so I don't know. The doctor did write needs help keeping boot elevated and to use restroom. I would think that goes beyond just a classmate's help.