Isn’t that a cute face? I was trying to get Mason to look at the camera and he did for about two seconds. His eyes kept drifting back to the Eye Spy Picture on the wall. This was our room at Plastic Surgery today. He had a lot of fun finding things in the picture, I just wish it had been placed lower on the wall so he could have touched it from his wheelchair. It was actually higher than MY head standing up, which seemed especially weird for a children’s hospital.
Our visit with Dr. P today went okay. The cultures from the incision came back clean, with no bacteria or infection. That is a wonderful thing. According to Dr. P the incision looks pretty good for what we’re dealing with but it is still a bad thing to have happen. (See what happened HERE if you missed that post.)
The plan is still a bit uncertain. For the moment we continue daily bandage and packing changes. In two weeks Mason has a checkup. If Dr. P sees what he needs to then (some clearing out of the incision so it is not seeping so much) we might schedule surgery to attempt reclosure.
Did you notice the words might and attempt?
Spina Bifida patients with nerve damage like Mason has tend to be very slow healers. His body doesn’t receive all the signals it needs to get things healing quickly and well. So in a second reclosure Dr. P would use different techniques that will involve different sutures, long-term stitches, and some scarring. The technique is similar to what is done with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. And it may not work, it may reopen again.
If things don’t look ready in 2 weeks we’ll keep packing the wound and changing bandages and check back later.
If he does surgery and the incision reopens again we will have to go the slow route. That involves continued packing and bandage changes for months as Mason’s body slowly heals from the inside out. Probably 6 months at the minimum.
In all honesty I’m praying and holding on to hope for surgery in 2 weeks. I can’t think about what it would mean to keep doing this bandaging and packing long-term.
Crazy Factoid: The Tegederm used to cover Mason’s packing and gauze costs $2.50 PER sheet. 1 sheet = 1 bandage change. 6 months of bandage changes equals $450.00. That does not include other supplies like the packing strips and gauze, or extra bandage changes for messy bowel movements. Thank heavens for insurance!