Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I just wanted to update everyone on Mylee. I would have posted about this earlier but we have been dealing with insurance so I wanted to be sure everything was a go before posting. Anyway, Mylee and I are at Riley Children's Hospital.
Dr. Loder did an excellent job with her precious surgeries and her knees are bending great. However, her ankles are not. Her right ankle is okay but her left is very tight. Dr. Loder is going to cut the tendon in her left ankle again, stretch it, and recast her in November. Before he can do his surgery, she has to have an expander inserted to "grow" skin because the her ankle is so tight, there is not enough skin there for him to close it after the November surgery.
So, today she is having an expander inserted into her left knee. They just took her back and she was in good spirits. She has been very excited to have this surgery because the Cosmetic surgeon told her he was going to put a balloon in her leg. Just the thought of a balloon was enough to excite her. Of course she needed to know what color it was going to be. So, she asked if her balloon could be pink. She is too funny.
The surgery will last about two hours. Because she has so much scar tissue and is missing muscles and tendons in her ankle, Dr. Havlik is not sure exactly how they are going to put them in. Basically, once they get in there, they will figure it out.
Mylee will have to spend the night in the hospital tonight and we can go home tomorrow. But, once a week for the next 7 weeks we have to come back so she can have fluid injected into the expanders to stretch her skin. From what I understand, this is a pretty painful procedure and she will have to be put to sleep every week (not happy about that) to make it more comfortable.
So, please pray for Mylee that everything goes well today and she is in as little pain as possible. She is a trooper. She doesn't let much get her down, and she has such a great spirit about her. I don't know many adults that could go through all that she has and is, and come out smiling.
I will keep you posted as soon as I can. Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers, we really appreciate them.
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