It’s good being home. No. It’s GREAT being home. Ryan was discharged from Children’s Hospital (Washington, D.C.) mid-day yesterday and we were home early that afternoon. Without delay, I had him doing passive exercises on the ActivCycle peddler to get any stiffness out from a day-and-a-half spent in bed. Ryan did quite well on it too.
After showering him last night we had our first opportunity to look at the incisions. He has two. One on his back that is aligned with his spinal column and the other on his abdomen. The spinal incision was to remove the baclofen pump catheter that terminated there. The abdominal incision was to retrieve the pump itself.
The doctor was going to remove and replace the bandages and dressings at the hospital, but I asked that we wait until he gets home. I didn’t want an open wound exposed in the notoriously germ-ridden hospital environment, even one as impeccably clean as Children’s Hospital. He thought it was a great idea and supported the rationale.
I must tell you, I was nervous as we peeled back the bandage. I feared it might be seeping with infection, actively bleeding, or poorly sutured.
As it turned out, none occurred. The wound was closed phenomenally! It’s the best work I’ve seen through the many operations Ryan has undergone. Well done, Dr. Keating!
Looking at the abdominal photograph (above), what I like is the scar tissue from the surgery to place the baclofen pump (in 2010) was completely removed. I asked the surgeon if he would do this. He not only did it, but did it superbly! In five or six weeks, when the sutures dissolve, the scar should be just a thin, straight line.