Jordan is doing great! I am so proud of him. He has not complained ONCE about having to wear his padded helmet. He hasn't needed any pain medicine since Sunday.
Yesterday we went to Shriners because Zoey is getting another new leg. Her second one has never fit quite right and they decided to just make her a new one. It was pretty comical when we walked in. The receptionist looked at us--Jordan with his head wrap--Zoey with her prosthetic leg--and said, "Which one of them has an appointment?"
I forgot to take my camera (gasp!) but took a few photos at her last visit before Jordan's surgery.
The inside of the leg...
Getting the leg length correct as well as standing on it long enough to make sure it feels right.
She happily shows off the baseball cards she got. She chose them over stickers at the end of her appointment.
Today we went to Boston for a post-op appointment for Jordan. We were excited to be able to see his ear!! The doctor warned us that it would look a lot bigger than normal because it is still swollen. I expected it to look a lot worse than it did.
So ready to get rid of those hanging drains!
And there it is! The next surgery will be to make a lobe out of what Jordan already had and connect it to his new ear. I'm kinda diggin' the cute little buzz cut around his ear. :)
Getting the drains removed. He sat so still and never made a peep--although winced when some of the stitches came out. He has some sutures that will stay in for at least 4 weeks but the sutures that held the drains in place came out today.
Getting his first look in the mirror. That smile almost makes me cry. He told me later that he was a bit disappointed in how it looked because it was so big. I explained to him that it wouldn't always look that big--the swelling will come down and the ear will get smaller.
The ear is under the skin on the side of his head. The skin will eventually stretch enough that it will conform to the new ear and become the skin that covers it just like yours and mine. Amazing, huh? And the cartilage that they used will actually GROW with him so that his ears will stay equal size.
He had quite an audience in his tiny exam room. There were seven adults besides me all watching the big reveal.
His doctor takes pictures to help him get the correct symmetry for subsequent surgeries.
His third and final surgery will bring the ear out so that it sticks out the same as the other ear.
But doesn't he look cute?! :)
His head got a short breather and then it was back into another helmet. He will get a new one every Friday for the next few weeks. I was so proud of him. He didn't complain or whine...just sat there and let them do their work.
And more bandages....yet he retains his good attitude!
And on top of it all, this funky looking cheesecloth kinda thingy. They had to tear out the front to let his face peek out.
Then we went for a walk because we had a bit of time to kill before we had to pick up the kids from school. Harvard Medical School is right next to Children's Hospital so we walked over there. Jordan says he wants to be a doctor--and I think he would make a great one! I had him pose for a picture in front of the main building.
And I think all that good behavior deserved a reward....so a Harvard Medical School t-shirt did the trick. Plus, they were on sale...Score!
A little hold-out-the-camera-and-take-your-own-picture-to remember-the-day moment. We are so thankful to live near such amazing doctors and facilities. God knew what He was doing when He moved us here--despite our great reluctance to live so far from family.