Henry's Hands | An Update.

It's been a month since my last post. In that time I have thought about this space and wanted to give you an update but there hasn't been time to sit down and write up my thoughts. Those first few weeks after Henry's accident were rough. I was an anxious mess. Generally, I don't do well with wounds. I can handle scrapes from little bike crashes but Henry's hands were so, so much worse than that. In the beginning dressing changes were like my own personal nightmare. He was still in so much pain and his wounds were so raw, it took everything out of the two of us to get through them. But you know what? Everyday the dressing changes got a little easier. And Henry's hands began to heal! 

Two weeks ago Ryan and I took Henry back to Harbor View for his burn clinic appointment. We were so happy to go because we could see the progress he was making and were told over the phone it would possibly be our last appointment. Boy, whomever it was that gave us that information was sorely mistaken. At our appointment we learned that for the next year we can expect to visit the burn clinic every 3-4 weeks and that Henry will need to meet with his doctors through adolescence, perhaps longer.

Henry's right hand was burned more severely and has developed quite a bit of scar tissue. That tissue doesn't like to grow and stretch. Since there is still a lot of growing left to do we were instructed to stretch Henry's hands every ten minutes. Every. Ten. Minutes. The stretches we do will hopefully help prevent any future surgeries and loss of mobility.

So it looks like this is our new normal. Henry and I spend a lot of time playing with great big balls and small-ish toys to get his hands stretching naturally. Then, of course, we do the not so fun stretches. Some days are so good and some days are down right hard. I find myself counting down the minutes in the evenings until Ryan get's home to give me some relief. It's a lot like having a newborn.

Thankfully, Henry is happy! He is no longer on pain meds and developmentally he's right where he should be. I keep thinking how blessed we are that this happened while he was so young. He won't remember any of the pain he's experienced and hopefully we can prevent future pain by following his doctor's instructions. As for the other children, they are all doing great. They were present when the accident happened and witnessed the chaos that followed but have handled the changes to our "normal" routine better than could be expected. It's a miracle kids are so resilient!


Friends, thank you for the prayers and kindness you have shown our family. It is so heart warming to hear of your children praying for our boy. How good you are to remember him.

11 comments:

  1. I'm so glad he is getting so much better, but I am so sorry you guys had to go through this. You are an amazing and strong mama!

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  2. Thank you so much for this update! I am so glad to hear little Henry's hands are healing. This has been such an ordeal, continuing to pray for a full recovery.

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  3. It's so great to read an update on your adorable Henry. His chubby hands look perfectly happy clutching his little toys. What an ordeal! The emotional and physical pain must have at first seemed impossible to deal with, and yet here you are, so strong and positive. Thank you for your example of beautiful motherhood, even during difficult times.

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  4. Continued prayers for your family. Was so nice to read of his progress. No doubt in my mind that you and Henry will make it through this just fine. Take care, lovely Mathews!
    --Kristin in VA

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  5. Yeah for Henry and his parents. Every 10 minutes.......how do you do that. Can he play with playdoh.. Does he work with a physical therapist. So glad that he is young , I think that has to help My granddaughter got her finger tip amputated in a door jam. With a molded aluminum cast and carefully cleaning every night the reattached finger tip, darkened and fell off.....BUT a new fingertip took it's place. All new and healthy and with a fingernail. Amazing, right. Hoping for amazing things for Henry. He is just a beautiful adorable little boy. So sorry this happened but things like this do. No ones fault they just happen. ((((HUGS))))

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  6. I don't know you personally but I can understand your feelings exactly. We have a newborn that was born with a cataract and we also will have alot of follow up and daily therapy that feels sometimes daunting. "New normal" is always hard to adjust to...but somehow we manage (with sometimes a litle or alot of help). I sincerely hope his hands heal quickly and without any lasting complications. So sorry this happened to Henry.

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  7. So thankful to hear a good report! What a lot of hard work for both of you.

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  8. So glad to hear that he is doing okay. I've been checking in a lot hoping for some good news.
    Every 10 minutes must be so hard. How long will you have to keep that up?
    Blessings and prayers to you.

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  9. Thank you for the update! So glad to hear Henry is happy and healing. I will continue to pray for him and your family!

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  10. So glad he is doing better... keeping you all in our prayers...

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  11. Have been thinking of you often…sending much love & prayers. I can't imagine what your "new normal" must feel like! I hope you feel the support from your readers and others! xoxo

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