Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mom after skin graft surgery

Warning: Graphic photos below may not be suitable for all readers. The reason I'm posting is because this is my online diary which reflects my life--all the smooth sailing and challenging times in my life. What I post could also be helpful for others who may be going through what my mom is enduring and can find comfort or learn from this. Lastly, this serves as my update for those who are concerned with my mom's recovery whose e-mails I don't have.

Monday morning my mom had skin graft surgery to her left leg, right knee cap and bottom right leg. Her left arm will not need skin grafts and will be left to heal on its own. The skin donor sight was her right upper thigh to reduce the chances rejection if a donor skin graft was used. The surgery went very well; the doctors were pleased. She is back in ICU and on breathing tubes because her throat kept swelling up from burns sustained to her vocal cord (I'm sure the three times her breathing tube was (necessarily) inserted and reinserted that morning didn't help either). She is bedridden until the end of the week because of the leg and ankles braces immobilizing her to prevent the skin grafts from folding or shifting. Feeding tubes will provide her with nutrition and visits to the restroom will not be necessary thanks to a catheter. Lots of fun...

She is in great care of sympathetic nurses and everything is being done to ensure her comfort. Though I'm back in Vegas now, my dad is constantly by her side. My sister, her family and close friends of my parents also visit daily. I am grateful for all the thoughts and prayers that continue to come in; my family appreciates each and every one.
My mom's recovery may take longer than the two weeks' prognosis. The doctors will examine her skin grafts at the end of this week when they remove the dressings and evaluate whether more surgery is necessary or not. If all goes well, she will be moved to a regular room where her skin (and throat) healing process will be monitored.

3 comments:

Johnny said...

Baby, your mom will do fine. She is a strong woman and will make it through like a star.

Daly said...

Thanks for your support, sweetheart.

domingo Garcia said...

I'm am so sorry, I've heard of how difficult these things can be, I'm hopeful that your mom will be OK. Take care!