Friday, April 01, 2011
My baby girl came home on Wednesday and its been good having her back. She has a long road to recovery but thankfully should be okay. In order to keep the infection from returning the wound has to be left open so she has a gaping hole in her upper right arm. She has been fitted with a wound vac which basically sucks out any fluids that start to build in the wound. We call it her leech but basically it's a vacuum that is attached to the wound itself and can be quite painful for her. I'm so happy that she's home and that she will be okay but it has been a challenge to help her and for her to adjust to not being able to use her arm. She can't dress herself, bathe herself (she's not allowed to get the arm wet), drive, carry anything over 10 pounds (including her daughter), and most normal activities cause her pain. She has to be driven to her wound care appointments three times a week which is challenging with my 3 year old and her 1 year old in tow. For a highly independent 19 year old this has been difficult but the most important thing is that she will be fine, did not lose her arm, and thankfully is still here to complain about being bored and going stir crazy. Thank you all for your prayers, well wishes, and encouragement. We all appreciate it!!