Her grafts are all doing well. Crazy to see them without bandages. They look really good. More smooth than I thought they would...well done harborview. I think there will be some pigment differences though....to be expected.
She is set to move out of the ICU on Tuesday, but my feeling is that harborview is going to wait on the inpatient rehab for another week or so...until she gains a little more strength. They have restarted PT and OT. At least it seems they are doing it more to me.
The girls are great....Jim (Carols dad) and Judy (Carols step-mom) took care of them on Friday, so I got my first night off in awhile. Chloe and I went to a friends wedding at Newcastle Country Club. Man that place is nice. I didn't know we had courses like that here. Congrats Mark and Dulce!!!! Apologies for Chloe's outburst during the wedding. Nice to see everyone from Apple. Linda if you read this I need your number (firstname.lastname@example.org). Before the weddin my mom was at the house asking what I going to put Chloe in (she was my date).....I opened the closet thinking I would just put her in one of her nice dresses. Forgetful me didn't realize we haven't put her in one of those for 3 or 4 months. Had to borrow a dress.....thanks Erin. Chloe is doing great though....putting together multiple word sentences, getting interested in the toilet, etc.... Safiya is doing well. Getting big, eyes staying blue, long eyelashes, very awake all the time.
Again thanks for all the support from everyone. It is overwhelming and welcomed. We really appreciate it. I am so busy with life, work, etc. I don't get to say it. I don't think I have said it, and maybe I should write a seperate post about it....but thanks to all the people who have been donating money to that wamu account. Quite remarkable at the amount that has been raised. I hope that in the future there will be healthcare changes in our country. Carol and I are just really starting out in most aspects of our life even though we have been together for quite some time. But, in most counts I think we have and are trying to do things right. Insurance wise we have great coverage, and we pay a hefty price. It's ridichulous the prices we pay (an everyone else in this country) that we have to deal with worrying over money paying for parts of her coverage. I CAN't imagine if we didn't have any insurance. This is how people are financially ruined. Maybe that's the way it needs to be though, more responsibility for own health care costs? Double edges sword for me. Being in healthcare, I think people do rely too much on their insurance, and don't take responsilbility for the costs themselves. What I mean by that is that insurance in health care should be an adjunct. But in a crisis like Carol's the costs are astronomical. In three months Carol has put up a two million dollar bill. Carol's insurance is doing just what it should, but the part we need to pay is still huge. We are doing fine...for now. The majority of what is not covered is coming up...her inpatient rehab. This is why we moved her to Harborview. We are close to having enough for that i Believe....so thanks everyone....barring any insurance issues. Without all of you, most of you I don't even know...I would not be able to have Carol at Harborview. Which is twice as expensive as the next best facility for this near us. You have all allowed Carol to have the unbelievable care. I just keep thinking if we had gone on with the grafting at Swedish (no offense to the care there). They were going to graft her right away and just hope it all took. At harborview.....it was more of a place an allograft and see if takes, then we know it's ready. Let's place some other stuff that will help limit the divets in her skin. The next bridge to cross for us after that is her prosthetics, which I am still working on the insurance companies. She has 100% coverage on that, but one the arms I want to get her, which is amazing (www.touchbionics.com) may not be covered. Look it up on you tube...cool videos of it in action. Apparently she will need a couple arms like the legs. You know how insurance goes, if it is expensive and new....they don't like to cover it.
THE POINT WAS THANKS