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Plastic Surgeons, Knives and Post-Hospital Doctor’s Visits…

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Ah, yes, all in a day’s work for a busy homeschooling mom, right?

It started Monday night when a child alerted me to the fact that a certain third grader brought a knife home from school. It is large-ish, unfolds like a pocket knife, but actually folds out into a box cutter. His “friend” gave it to him. If you don’t live in the United States, just let me tell you, we have a zero-tolerance policy in schools for any weapons.

So yesterday morning, when I called to say Mordecai wouldn’t be at school because he had a doctor’s appointment, I also had to mention he came home with a large knife. Ahem. 

And then after cleaning up and getting kids started on school work, I had to head to the plastic surgeon with Mordecai. I’ve mentioned a few times that he was born missing some of his fingers and toes (he had surgery on his hand twice as a toddler). Well, he has a fingernail really bothering him where he has only part of a finger, and so it was time to head back in.

The thing about a plastic surgeon’s office is, well, they do plastic surgery. And let’s just say not all of it is to improve mobility on partially missing fingers. It’s an odd place to sit with a nine-year old boy.

We were, of course, called back nearly forty minutes past our appointment time. I won’t bore you with the details, but Mordecai will be having surgery again in the near future.

After that appointment I rushed home to eat lunch and get Apollo down for nap…so I could wake him up for a post-hospital visit with our family doctor.

Dr. H was thrilled that we finally had answers to Apollo’s health issues…and even more thrilled with the doctors from Children’s he talked to. He said, “You really met some nice people down there. I was so happy to read their notes and realize they had really listened to you. I had a great time talking to them. I got the sense that Apollo was a kid they just really, really care about…”

Just exactly what I needed to hear. He is in full agreement that the feeding tube is the right choice for Apollo. Toward the end of the visit I said, “So, I’m assuming you have other patients with g-tubes, right?” He looked and me and grinned and said…no. I said, “So I assume you’re really excited to learn about them, right?” To which he said, “Yes, I’d love to learn about them”. He said he has worked with patients in the past with g-tubes and is more than happy to be a resource for Apollo.

Then I rushed home, fixed dinner early so the boys could go to Scouts.

And this morning, I’m running around like crazy, getting ready for yet another stay at the Children’s Hospital.



  1. Samantha

    It is quite strange sitting in a Plastic Surgeon’s office with a child–it was even stranger before our daughter was born and we met with them to discuss her cleft repair. Just seemed odd to have a plastic surgeon for our daughter before she was even born!

    I have since found out that most plastic surgery on breasts is reconstructive after mastectomy—which somehow makes the whole specialty seem somewhat less vain that I had originally assumed.

  2. Jo

    I honestly considered plastic surgery after my first child nursed… I cannot tell you how strongly I considered this! Then reality struck. We had no money to buy disposables, much less fix my issues. So… I dealt with it and when I put on some weight after my 2nd child, that is kept a little, I looked normal again. I mean, I really looked terrible after my first! I grew up with a mother who nursed many and to me, she looked normal. It is how I expected to look. Something went wrong with my first! I am glad that they can fix Mordecai, sorry about the knife! That is a resounding no-no in our school systems! I hope Apollo’s tube goes well, I am sure it is going to give him some relief.

  3. Emily from NZ

    Wow. That post title gave me a fright! I assumed the worst, and thought a child had a knife injury requiring plastic surgery! That is quite scary that Mordecai brought home a knife like that. Was it from one of his special classroom friends, or another kid on the bus?
    Praying for your family, and Apollo and his g-tube

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