Friday, March 09, 2012

Jordan's Big Month

J-Man had a birthday this week. He was pretty excited about turning 7. Woohoo! He is really into Legos this year and that was all he asked for. He choose his favorite for birthday dinner--spaghetti and meatballs, and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for dessert.

Obviously the victim of yet another bad haircut from Mom. Sigh...

But his truly big news is that he is going to begin the process of ear reconstruction. He will be having three surgeries over the next 18 months. The first one is next Wednesday and it will be a 7 hour surgery! UGH. He will be in the hospital for two days. The surgeon will take cartilage from his ribs and make an ear out of it! It will be placed under the skin where his ear should be and stay there for the next 18 months. The final surgery will release the ear from it's "protective pocket' and Ta-Da! he will have an ear!

We would love your prayers for the surgeon and for Jordan. This isn't an easy surgery. I found this description online for what the surgeon is up against.

9. Why is the repair of microtia with living tissues so technically challenging?

For long-term success in microtia repair, one must create a 3-dimensional ear sculpture from living cartilage in an acceptable time under operating room conditions, then develop a “pocket” under snug 2-dimensional skin to house that framework— without cutting off the circulation to that skin. It is like trying to place 5 lbs. of plaster into a 2 lb. bag, but doing it with living tissue! Furthermore, since cartilage can’t be visualized by X-ray as bone can, one never knows what the rib cartilage configuration will be like before surgery. Therefore, the surgeon must “make do” and sculpt a realistic ear framework with the cartilage encountered at surgery, no matter how difficult that may be.

I will of course be taking my laptop to the hospital and will be updating everyone on Jordan's condition. I asked him yesterday after his post-op testing, "Jordan, do you feel scared, excited or neither?"

Typical for a male, he said, 'Neither," and continued eating his chocolate cupcake.

So there you go! Just another day for him.


Kim K. said...

Birthday blessings to your sweet boy. Sending lots of prayers for his upcoming surgery too!

Cari said...

yep typical guy! i will keep him and you in my prayers. it's amazing what the m.d.'s can do!

off topic have a 7 y.o. {boy} and i have a 7 y.o. {girl}...hmmmm...let's get together in about 11 years?! hehehe

Kimberlie said...

Will pray. This is an exciting event even if requiring surgery and a hospital stay. I will look forward to good reports!

Tesseraemum said...

Happy Birthday Jordan!!

We will keep him in our prayers!
Be sure to have your sisters pamper you when you get home!

Jennifer P said...

That's a pretty big deal. Glad he's taking it in stride. You too, mama.

Theanne said...

Happy Birthday Jordan...and what a great birthday it looks to have been! Prayers for you as you have your new ear made and put in place...what a wonderfully miraculous thing that is! May God's loving touch be in your surgeons hands as he creates your new ear! And prayers too for your Mom and Dad, brothers and sisters as they wait to know how you're doing during surgery and after! God bless you!

James, Dawn and Family said...

How awesome it is that it is possible to create an ear.GOD totally rocks!!

Lori said...

Oh my word, that is SO COOL that they can do that! I had no idea. AMAZING! Yay! I am soooo excited for J-man!

I will be praying!!

And for crying out loud, bring him to Auntie Lori's house for a haircut, would you? did a great looks fine! Way to go!

Sharon said...

I'm so happy for Jordan that the time has finally come. I know it will be hard going through all that is coming, but I know he will LOVE the end result. So Exciting!!!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Jordan!!

So Happy about his ear- that is so cool!

I love his answer- neither! Way to go Jordan- Live in the moment and at that moment the cupcake was much more important!

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