Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Well another decent day for Carol. Not much going on during the day except hanging out and getting better. They didn't change her iv line today. They decided to instead to start moving ahead with plans to the the skin debridements and skin graftings. The first of them will happen tomorrow. There are 15 hand sized areas that will be removed and grafted with alloderm. Which is fake skin, that promotes skin growth. These are definitive grafts and will eventually need to be done with real skin. These 15 areas are all full thickness debridements. Nothing as major as her amputations, but nothing to scoff at. They will go fine, and I am not to worried about them. The plastic surgeons are a little worried about her c-section wound. I saw it today, and it looks pretty crazy, in that they left it open. This type of wound will take a couple months to heal. There is a little part in the middle that looks a little white and from someone in the medical field, not quite right. The plastic surgeons said the same. Not life-threatening or anything but a risk for herniation. Nothing can be done about it now thought I guess.

She knows what will be happening tomorrow, and is ok with it. She got to see bothe Chloe and Safiya today. Thanks for bringing them up Mom and Dad. In Carols words...."it was awesome dude."

She is sleeping now right next to me....she waits for me to get here at night, even though she is tired. But waits until I get to talk to her before letting herself sleep at night. Her vision has not changed and is starting to be worrisome to me even though they said it may take months to return.

I havne't mentioned it, but her vitals are stellar today. No fevers, blood pressure great, heart almost under 100 all day ( which I haven't seen yet). So on that note...things look better.



marie bailey said...

Hey Scott!

I'm so pleased she is getting better everyday. I'm happy she was with the girls too. That is awesome. I've talked with people that are in the medical field and all agree it will take time for her eye sight to return. All the crazy meds! She is always in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. Stay strong and keep the faith!

Love and Hugs,

Ally Van Leuvan said...

Wow, what an amazing woman you are married to! She's so wonderful!

I have seen many, many grafts done. We, like you, have complete faith that these surgeries will go just fine. It's a big area....but it sounds like they are doing the right thing, for sure.

Scott, what did the neuroopthalmologist say about her vision? Can she see at all right now?

Give her kisses from us.

Lots of love,
Ally & Pete

Stephanie said...

It's wonderful that Carol got to see her girls...I am sure it was an amazing visit. Thoughts and prayers with you always!


Breton said...

God bless you, Scott.
You are doing an amazing job. Love, Breton

Lori said...

I'm thrilled to hear so much improvement. I'm sure she loved seeing her babies. What a beautiful family. You guys are amazing. Good luck with the skin grafts. Thinking of you guys often.

Lori Stafford

Scott & Carol Decker said...

Ally, the neuroopthomologist said she can see light and dark images that are blurry. Mostly dark though. He looked in and at the back of her eyes, and at the nerves in back, and didn't see any issues. So he believes the issue is in the brain. He said only time will tell, but he was optimistic.


Ally Van Leuvan said...

Thank you, Scott!


Jade said...

My Familys thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jade Gross

the piccolos said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys every single day. Even my neighbors and friends ask how Carol is doing. You are getting prayers said for you by people you will never meet!
And isn't it just like Carol to focus on the positive - that she did not lose the whole right hand. That's a big part of why she made it through all that she has - her wonderful outlook! You guys are an inspiration to so many.
Much love - Kathryn & Co

amy said...

Carol, I am so glad that your doing well. I'm glad that you got to see your girls. Looks like things are starting to turn for the better. I keep praying for you and your family. Keep strong!

Amy Valdez

mdemiter said...

I'm so glad to hear that Carol is getting better each day! I'm also very happy to hear that she was able to see her girls. Best of luck in the upcoming surgeries. I have no doubt that everything will go great! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Take care,
Melissa (Wright) Demiter

Jen Gabrio said...

Hello Scott,
You probably don't remember me but we went to Highschool together. My name then was Jennifer Roberts. I just got an email today from a mutual friend about what has been going on with your family.
First of all I want to comment on how amazing you seem to be doing. I have a lil one and still remember those first couple months, I know how hard that is by itself let alone with everything else. I am an ER RN now so know how scary the medical world can be and I am very impressed with all your knowledge and how on top of your wives illness you are and the top care that you are getting her.
I just wanted to let you know that your family is in my prayers and if you need anything please let me know.
Thank you for whoever set up the WAMU account, as I don't know Carol or your family it's nice to be able to feel like I can contribute in some way. Stay strong and amazing!
Jen Gabrio

Candie said...

I'm so excited to hear that Carol was able to see her babies! My prayers are with you for the upcoming surgeries. Stay strong :-)

Candie (Russert) Lansing