The time leading up to this surgery was a little different than before for two reasons. First, Dr. Bauer asked us to take an extended break after the last surgery to give my skin and body a little extra time to heal after so many traumas. So, getting back into the game was a little tougher than usual because we were really enjoying the freedom.
But also, we had no idea what to expect out of this next surgery. Dr. Bauer had previously talked about finishing up the rest of my bottom one side at a time, because it will be easier on me pain-management wise, and it will heal better. So, we figured I would have two more rounds of expansion, one expander at a time. However, to our surprise and delight, I got two expanders. And moreover, I have two 500cc expanders; I have never had this big of an expander in my thighs before! They are positioned a little differently than they have been in the past, this time being in the back of my thighs. And they are already filled with 100cc (left) and 90cc (right), so we're off to a good start! This does not mean Dr. B has changed his mind. But he will do what he can with the expanded skin in this next removal so that hopefully, we pray, THESE WILL BE MY LAST EXPANDERS!!! Then I imagine I will go back for one last excision-only surgery. The thought had not entered our minds that we could finish up this year, but now that is a real possibility.
That said, this is only the beginning. We don't take one second of this process for granted, as a complication can arise at any time. Such complications can be simple and easy to overcome, or they can cause a significant delay of expansion, or they can be detrimental to the expanders requiring early removal. So we take it one day at a time, and are continuously thankful for each step forward that we are able to take. We should be able to do my first injection this Sunday, as long as the cough I started a few days ago continues to dissipate.
If this expansion goes anything like our trip to Chicago, however, it will be a breeze, and will be over before we know it. This was, without question, one of our best trips. It was filled with old and new friends, and lots of love. We were so blessed to be able to spend time with some other nevus families, two of whom we met for the first time in person.
When we arrived on Tuesday, we met up with the Young family, and got to spend time with baby Andrew, who had just undergone his first nevus and expander removal surgery. And I'm not surprised to say he pulled through like a champ!
|The Young family. |
Ok, yes, we forgot to take a picture with them.
So this is from their personal collection.
How could you tell?
|Katie and Taelor, on the roof of RMH|
|Mommy and Taelor's mommy. Great buds!|
|Mommy and the Nolasco family|
|Check out these awesome baskets! |
Thank you Kari and Ron, er, I mean,
|Sissy walked me up to pre-op for the first time!|
|Keeping warm while we wait...|
|So peaceful. Sleeping off the anesthesia|
with my BFF.
|Trying to crack a smile while they check my vitals.|
|And look at me,|
smiling away just hours after surgery!
|And here they are - my new bubbles!! |
500cc expanders in each back thigh.
|Chillin' like the big, brave boy I am while Susan changes my dressings.|
Trying to catch a snowflake
as the snow begins to fall...
|Look, the snow is sticking!! |
Ok, can I come back inside now?