Over Thanksgiving break, my 10-year-old daughter had foot surgery. She has a condition called Accessory Navicular Syndrome, which basically means she has an extra bone in each foot. We always knew she was special! The condition itself isn’t super rare, but the size of her extra bones are unusually large. After the surgery, the doctor told us it was probably the biggest accessory bone he’s ever seen, including all of his adult patients. The condition results in the tendon being connected in the wrong place, which has caused her a fair amount of pain and repeated injuries. She had to quit gymnastics, but it’s not in her nature to curb her naturally athletic tendencies. She decided to opt for the surgery to get it taken care of, so that she’ll be able to play sports in junior high next year.
She’s been super tough through the entire experience thus far. She rarely complains, and her naturally high pain tolerance certainly helped this whole process. She was very matter-of-fact about it all, even watching the anesthesiologist insert her IV before being wheeled into the operating room. The doctors and nurses were fantastic. They even let her bring her pillow pet into the OR with her. She said the surgery wasn’t as bad as she expected, and she’s in very little pain, rarely asking for the occasional Advil. I think the hardest part of it is being on crutches for a month.
She was in a splint and bandages for the first week, until the swelling went down enough for a hard cast. She asked the doctor to make her hard cast purple and lime green, and he was happy to comply. Friends have signed her cast in silver Sharpie marker, and she’s decorated her crutches to make them quite the sparkly accessory. After she gets her hard cast off in a couple of weeks, she’ll wear a boot cast for another month or so after that. She may also need to do physical therapy. I’m learning that navigating in the rain and snow on crutches can be very nerve-wracking. She’s already fallen twice, which was pretty traumatic for both of us.
She’s doing great, but unfortunately we’ll have to do it all again. The plan is that we’ll likely follow up with her other foot in about three to six months, after she’s had a chance to fully recover from this first surgery.