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Good things to report

Surgery went well! We are pretty happy with how Joshua’s day went for him, although it was long and my lip is missing skin from my nervous biting habit.
We were required at the hospital yesterday afternoon to see if we could sort out a dental procedure to be added onto his list whilst he was under general anaesthetic. (You know, just another thing) So after our flight and dealing with their new (and time wasting/frustrating/annoying) procedures for wheelchairs we hit the humidity of Perth and waited for a wheelchair taxi. Because of Joshua’s need for wheelchair these two things had set us back over an hour, then some holidaying family wanted our bigger cab… I don’t think so! I didn’t have to say a word though, two gents stood in and made sure Joshua got his ride.
After our afternoon at PMH we headed over to Ronald McDonald House to wait for Andrew who was driving, then bunked down for a sleep. (Well kind-of.) back at PMH all ready at 7am for admission and drip set-up (yuck, this is where Andrew bails on us, and he headed back to the room to get a couple of hours sleep before the nightshift)
Fast forward to ‘after surgery’ and we are very happy. He was under for 4 hours. Our surgeon decided to do less invasive surgery on his ankles/feet and Joshua looked great (well as great as one can look after a general anaesthetic), after previous ops he was a mess, worrying everyone. So nice to have all his “numbers” perfect! (Temperatures, blood sugar levels, heart rate etc) He has colour and is responsive. Yay! Win for Josh! Oh… And they did the dental too! So now he doesn’t need to go back for another general. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
So dude has his feet wrapped up and has to keep them elevated… and he also has shiny teeth!
Here’s a photo of his right foot, this will be a “before” shot. This one turns the most, or should I say “used to turn most”. Cast will come off in 6 weeks to see the difference.

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Big week ahead for a little man

A hug goodbye for Wendy and we are on our way to Princess Margaret Hospital again.

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Thanks to our family, friends, staff and scrappers for all your support for our cherished boy as he heads back for more surgery on his feet. You all know how stressful this is for our whole family and it means so much that you care. Organising for so much time away is difficult enough with my home, children, animals and the shop, Wendy is there for us again and my awesome staff offered to do more hours, I appreciate it so much knowing our store is in the best hands so I can focus on Josh.

I hope this year will be a good one for him, it was 2011 for his last major surgery and coupled with a few other things I felt it took all of 2012 to recover from 2011.

There are so many who care for this young lad, it keeps us all going. This time hopefully it will work and this twisting will be fixed and it will be more comfortable for him (after he’s healed of course)
We also have a fabulous room to bring him home to and care for him, last time it was so difficult that his chair didn’t even go through his bedroom door. Huge heartfelt thank you to our friends at Variety club and Shane Crothers, the difference you have made to our lives is magnified in times like this.
Meanwhile we have a big week ahead in making sure all is right for him.
Next update on Josh will be from the big smoke.