I am going to post tonight's entry early so I can go home and sleep all night tonight.
So...they took Kevin about 8am this morning and in roughly an hour the nurse came in and told me that they couldn't put the plate in his head because it appeared that Kevin had an infection around the expander.
I was so upset. I couldn't even make one phone call because I was truly devastated. So I just curled up on my cot and tried to pretend that I didn't hear what I had just heard. Mostly, I just cried.
I did understand that it was necessary to keep the plate infection free so we sure didn't want to implant it in an already infected area, but @#$@&!!
So as I was lying here the plastic surgeon came in - the one that was worried about the infection. He told me that there was some funky fluid that had white particles floating around in it and it made everyone just stop.
Lucky for us - all of the surgeons really wanted to make this work for Kevin so both plastics and neuro had a hand in taking the fluid to the lab and getting it tested right then and there for infection.
At this point, Kevin was already sewn back up and in recovery since they only removed the expander.
Again, lucky for us, after a half hour or more, the lab determined that the fluid was infection free so the neurosurgeon ran back upstairs and took Kevin back to the OR where he completed the initial surgery putting the plate back into Kevin's head.
What a morning, huh?
So Kevin was in ICU for a bit and they moved him back to his regular room a couple of hours after the surgery was complete. He has since taken some pain meds and has been sleeping for hours. I made a bunch of phone calls and Breezy is on her way with some soup from Panera Bread for dinner and I am hoping he will eat a little bit at some point tonight. This has become our traditional after surgery meal. We always have Broccoli and Cheese Soup with a baguette.
And something interesting happened today too. The neurosurgeon brought us the model of Kevin's head. It is an exact replica - size and shape - of what Kevin looks like under all that skin. Here are some photos:
So can y'all imagine the questions this is gonna raise at airport security?
"Excuse me ma'am...why do you have a skull in your suitcase?"
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