Friday, August 8, 2008


Well Carol's birthday went great. The nurse in the afternoon made sure she was well rested for the evenings festivities, or maybe Carol did. Anyway, thanks for all the birthday wishes to Carol. Each and every one of them was passed on to her, and she was so appreciative. Thanks everyone!!!! Apologies to the folks, especially on the East Coast, that want to speak to her, and it hasn't happened yet. Timing on that has proved to be a bit of a challenge, but I will get her on the horn with you all as soon as I can.

Carol's 2nd grafting surgery was today. 4 hours long or so. Her arms look great, so they were able to place the Integra dermal grafting layer where needed. Her thighs/hips needed a little more debridement, mostly of adipose tissue. So allograft was replaced on that. More than likely next Friday will look similiar. Hopefully move on to Integra on the legs, and final grafting on the arms. Carol has developed a staph infection, the resistant type. Being in a hospital for this long it very common. They took out her hickman port that has been there for 6 weeks I think. They think this is where the infection started. Also they changed her trach, just a smaller size. It's an adjustment speaking. It took here a couple days to learn how to talk through the first one. It must be that the air needed to talk is different?




marie bailey said...

Thanks Scott for the update. I'm happy Carol was rested and hopefully had a great birthday. Constantly praying and sending positive thoughts your way.

Joy & Blessings,

Ally Van Leuvan said...

We are thrilled her birthday went well, as well as her grafting!

We understand the timing is a challenge for phone calls, Scott. No worries. We so appreciate the time you put into this blog. The phone calls will happen.

Lots of love,

Stephanie said...

I am so happy to hear that her birthday celebration went well. Like Ally said, no worries about not talking to Carol yet. We know that you communicate to her all our well wishes every day.

Stephanie & family

megan said...

It was soooo great to talk to Carol! Thanks for letting us be a part of her "party." It meant a lot to us.

Erin and Megan

Scott & Carol Decker said...

Ally and Stephanie

Just so you don't get mad, she edtalk to my sister Megan who also lives in Boston,at like 1 or 2 am Boston time. lol


Ally Van Leuvan said...

Oh boy! I would be overjoyed to speak with Carol, but it would not be the easiest conversation I've had at 2am, that's for sure!! I don't think I would do much sleeping for the rest of that night, either.


Stephanie said...


Seriously....of course we are not upset or mad that we haven't talked to Carol yet. The most important thing is for her to rest and get stronger. We'll have plenty of conversations in due time!!