Well, the computer that I use to do my blogging is officially dead. It’s been kind of acting strange, but yesterday it just quit. The light would turn on like it was working, but nothing else would happen! We took it in to a repair guy, and at first he thought it just needed a new power supply, but he put that in and it didn’t fix anything! So, he was saying that maybe it needs a new motherboard…..or a new processor……or………..you get the idea! We’ve had it for 3 or 4 years, and Dan and I decided that it wasn’t worth putting very much money into to try to get it to work. So, Dan got me a new computer last night–but we are going to take it in to the repair guy who has my dead computer so he can get the stuff off of its hard drive onto the new one before we set it up here at home. So, hopefully I will be back to normal later today. In the meantime, I had a chance to use my laptop to try to get this site updated!
Kara is really doing very, very well. Her surgery did take the full 3 hours–actually more along the lines of 3 1/2 hours. Dr. Benson was very thorough and very cautious, which is a good thing. She really wants the skin grafts to be successful and wanted to minimize the potential of infection. She did take skin tissue off of Kara’s belly to use between her toes, and she was able to separate them with no problems. Dr. Benson also worked on the scar tissue on Kara’s arm. She said that she was not able to remove all of it–we may give it another go in a few years to see if the rest can be gotten off, or it may be fine as it is. It is covered with a soft cast-like bandage, so I haven’t seen it yet, but Dr. Benson was pleased with how that part of the surgery went too. She said that she used a z-shaped incision at the bottom of the scar where it was so thick. She is hoping that as that heals and as Kara grows, the “z scar” won’t have as much of a tendency to pull and thicken as the old scar did because of it’s proximity to Kara’s elbow.
As per normal, Kara was as tough as nails through the whole thing. She has complained of very little pain, and was up and walking around quite well by yesterday afternoon. She’ll have the bandaging on her arm and tummy until we go back to Denver on December 10 for Dr. Benson to check on the progress of the skin grafting. She’ll have the cast on her leg until the end of December or early January. Kara is not happy about that, but I have explained to her how important it is that the cast is there to protect those skin grafts, giving them the best opportunity to be successful. Kara seems to be accepting of it–at least a little more than she was at first! The cast sure is pretty (for a cast)! Dr. Benson used Kara’s favorite color of orange, but took a couple of extra steps: she put on glitter and painted a cute flower on the front. I didn’t even know that casts could be glittery!? It does look pretty cute, though! Dan and I wondered why Dr. Benson had glitter all over her arms when she came out of surgery, but we both didn’t want to ask!
Like I said earlier, Kara is getting along all right now. In fact, yesterday I took the kids to Wal-Mart, and it was a VERY windy day. Some important cards–including my driver’s license and insurance card–fell out of my purse in the parking lot and started BLOWING AWAY!!! Kara–yes, Kara with her new cast and fresh surgical sites–ran across the parking lot and rescued my driver’s licence. We were also able to get my insurance card before it blew clear out of sight, but several other less important things were gone in a heartbeat. Anyway, I figured if Kara could run across the parking lot to capture my driver’s licence, she must be doing all right!
I guess that pretty much sums things up on how Kara is doing. I have some other posts that I need to catch up on, but those will wait until I have my new computer set up. So hopefully later today or tomorrow I’ll be back in business!
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