"By adopting a child and helping them reach their potential, they help us reach ours. An adopted child is not an unwanted child; to the contrary. They are a child who was searched for, prayed for, cried for, begged for; received by arms that ached, making empty hearts full. Love is meant to be shared." Author unknown

Friday, March 9, 2012

Falling expandering in our future? Time will tell....

In keeping it real with the eventful expander journey we've had with Tegan, here is an update.  I emailed Dr B this picture last night stating that I thought a blood vessel had broke open as it appears he has a "blood" bruise.  The email I got back this morning was not the response I was expecting.  He basically stated that the skin is continuing to break down and that he expect it will eventually begin to split open, exposing the expander. GULP.  I contacted his wonderful nurse, Mim, this morning to get a crash course on what to do if this should happen.  She said worse case scenario is it splits to the point that the Tegaderm tape we have on it will not support it and we will remove the expander (or it'll fall out).  If so, we are to gause the area up and wait till surgery time. Since the tissue will have to be removed, it is not usable, it's not an urgent matter.  10 more days till expander removal, hope we can make it without the expander falling out.  Ugh.

There will be no progress made from this expander, they will cut out the dead/dying tissues and sew his neck back up.  We will let him heal for several months and have to give it another go this fall. How disappointing is that?

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