On Thursday we took JD back to the burn unit to check on how his face is healing. It started off a big shaky after we arrived a little late for our 3 p.m. appointment, but as we were waiting to check-in we got a phone call that said the appointment was at 2:30 even though the card I had said 3 p.m. as did the reminder in the mail. As we walk in they were talking about how they were going to head home for the day. That would have sucked since we drove just under an hour to get there.
His hand is getting much better and in a few days he can most likely stop wearing his hand bandage. As for his face the doctors said it is looking very good and since his nose, check, chin and most of his fore head is now pink and not scarred we are applying lotion to that portion when we clean his face. Those areas are still very pink and do not have pigment yet which means we have to be very careful to not get his face sunburned. He is fair skinned as it is– as is me and Bobbie — so we need to start using sunscreen when he is outside and putting on hats once his forehead and scalp get better.
One amazing thing is that the nurse who cleaned his face was able to do so without JD moving, screaming or having to hold his head still. Well, I think for a moment I had to hold his head, but overall he just sat on my lap as the nurse cleaned his scalp and forehead. The doctors are not sure if he will scar on his forehead or not, but there could be discoloration if he gets sunburned before the pigment comes in.
Flash forward to tonight and we had to pin him down to try to clean his face. His face is getting way better and the change from yesterday to today is quite dramatic as the left part of his forehead is healing very well. The middle section is very tender and bleeds easily but it is getting smaller, so I guess that is good.
Here are pictures from yesterday:
Nurse Cleaning Wounds
After the 3rd Cleaning yesterday
Here is one from today:
The one from today is hard to tell how much better it is, but if you look at the center of his forehead it is getting smaller. We go back to the burn unit next week and hopefully we see much more improvement and if we are lucky his scalp and forehead will be much better and he can start wearing hats.
The girl holding him in the picture is his cousin Hannah who is in town for a tryout at the BYU Dance Academy (I think that is the right name) so they are staying with us. JD very much loves Hannah as he frequently asks to talk to her on the computer, so we pull open the Mac and we video chat a few times a month with Hannah, her mom and JD’s grandma. He really enjoys that, so it is good to have them here for a few days.
Of course they brought him a ton of new toys which he played with tonight ranging from new chalk to use on his easel, a memory game and Thomas the pasta which he wanted to cook and make some mac n’ cheese. Plus, he kept telling Hannah that Lightning McQueen pasta fell on his head and burned him, so sad.
The great news that he is doing much better and is acting more like his self, and I can not wait until we only need to apply sun screen or lotion on his face instead of holding him down and scrubbing his face and scalp clean.