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!
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.
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!