Saturday, January 8, 2011

December 8, 2010

Mom's surgery went well on Thursday. We are now forced to play the waiting game for the next few days to see how well the new grafts have taken. They chose to use a larger donor area so that the skin grafted over her legs was more cosmetically appealing, however, this does mean that her entire back and bottom were harvested. The hand specialists were also able to get in and do a bit of reconstruction to some of her  tendons to increase mobility in her fingers. They have found a happy medium, fortunately, with pain control and she is dong well all considered. The replaced her fenestrated trach (so that she can talk) yesterday morning and have initiated the process of preparing her leg for prothesis.

They plan to remove the bandages today so that Dr. Caruso can examine the overall process of healing and get a jump start on planning her next step. If all goes well, as we have prayed incessantly, after the grafts have healed she should be able to transfer to a rehab center in the very near future. Affirming her angelic personality, Mom maintains her positive frame of mind and continues to stress about others far more than herself. She checks on grandchildren everyday and asks that we send our love to everyone until she is able to do so herself.


  1. Your Mom is a special lady that is for sure...((hugs)) and prayers for her continued success!

  2. I am making a commitment to pray for your mother and your family everyday at 9am. I understand what it is like to have a mother in the hospital as mine was for 13 months. Trying to navigate through the medical world (which is so not Gray's Anatomy), stay positive, handle the rythyms of your daily life, and be support for those around can be a huge emotional job - I say this because I want you to know that I understand, at least a little bit, how hard the job is that YOU are doing. My prayers will always include peace and stength for you.

  3. Thank you so very much for your support and understanding. Life in this realm most definitely takes its toll quickly. Things never seem to fall into any sort of consistent flow. At this point, I would love to have any kind of routine!