We are packing, prepping and letting Jack spend as much time in the bath today as he wants. He got a super cute, super short haircut, too. Didn't love that part, but he needed it.
Tomorrow we leave for Missoula and Monday morning is Jack's hip surgery. Surgery will begin around 7:30am (mountain time) and will take approximately 3 hours. We will be in the hospital at least overnight and depending on how he is doing with pain management, maybe an additional day or two.
This is a fairly extensive surgery and we would so appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we make our way to Missoula, for smooth sailing and no complications on surgery day, for his recovery time in the hospital (that we get pain management under control and no infection) and finally, his 6 weeks in the body cast. We will remain in Missoula for two weeks post-surgery and will come home to Clancy once we make it past Jack's first follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. The cast will finally come off on December 28th - our very own Christmas present. Then we will begin Jack's rehabilitation to learn to walk again.
Before I go, I just want to thank those who have written encouraging messages and sent care packages and gift cards. Jack hasn't even had surgery yet and we already feel so loved and supported. It is times like these that remind me how blessed we are. I will remember your kindness and pass it along when others go through scary things like hip surgery.
Jack has been through so much in his six years, but he has also overcome so much. He is a fighter. I know there will be rough and painful moments, but I also know that we've made it this far. Just have to get that darn hip fixed!