Painful Pin Sites - Upcoming Procedure

Kyle has been experiencing a lot of pain for the past month. He has been having headaches almost every day plus major pain at his four pin sites. His halo has been making clicking noises too but I couldn't figure out where the clicking was coming from. Plus Kyle has been having me help him lie down in bed at night and help him get up in the morning. He says he feels his halo shift every time he lies down or gets up and it hurts. My thought is Kyle is still growing. He has been in his halo for six months so the vest is tight and the pins are loose. For the past three weeks I have been emailing his physician assistant about these issues. Finally, we went to Oakland to see his doctor on Friday, (5/4). Unfortunately, we didn't get good news.

First of all, Kyle had a CT scan on Monday, (5/1) to check his implant/fusion. So, his doctor used this scan to give us the bad news/good news.

Good news - The fusion is improving

Bad news - The fusion isn't complete. Kyle will not get his halo off for a few more months.

Good news - His pin sites are clean, his halo vest is clean

Bad news - The halo pins are all loose. Kyle is in pain because the pins are rocking and scraping his skull. They cannot be tightened because the sites (the skull bone) are weak. If his doctor tightens the pins they will poke thru his skull.

Bad news - The pin sites must be changed immediately. To change his pin sites he has to be under anesthesia. So, Kyle is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, (5/8).

Pray all goes well.

1 comments:

Shalunya said...

My heart goes out to you! Wishing Kyle all the best. I'll keep him in my prayers.

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