Monday, May 28, 2012

baby maximus: making the best of it

The hospital here has a little program where patients can sign up to have a therapy dog come visit.  His name is tucker, he is a golden retriever.  He cheers people up and calms them.  And as the nurse was explaining this to us, it made me realize why people love Baby Maximus so much.  He cheers people up and calms them.  He is a therapy baby.  

In the hospital he is as sweet as always.  Even though he has big lobster club paw things for hands and can't walk around because of the IV.  
From his awesome bed head from tossing and turning all night...


... to his chubby little feet that have been poked and prodded more than he ever would have wanted...
he is a peaceful baby even when he is in such a yucky situation.  You can see his right eyelashes are singed just a tiny bit.
Here is the update in Karl's words:
Max just finished a procedure in the OR to remove debris, clean and dress his wounds, and assess the damage a little more in depth now that the burns have had a chance to "declare" themselves more and the swelling has come down.

Took about 45 minutes.  He is still sleeping, but it seems like it went fine.  They put some gloves on him that will decrease the frequency of the dressing changes to once every three or four days instead of twice a day, which will be nice for max.

The doctor confirmed that he does have third degree burns, in particular to his right arm and side of hand and to his left palm and fingers.  That means they'll need to remove the dead tissue and graft new skin from his thigh or buttocks.  They will mean some scarring and physical therapy, but the doctor seemed confident that he will have full functionality.

They will wait a few more days for the burns to demarkate themselves a bit more, so they only do as much as necessary.

Doctor Cho is pediatric plastic handsurgeon who will be doing the surgery, so we are grateful for the expertise.

We are grateful he is alive and here to bless our lives.  We are grateful only his eyelashes were singed and that his eyes are fine.  We are grateful his mouth and nose only suffered blistering and that his cheek and chin will be fine.

We are grateful the log he fell onto was not burning and that the serious burns were limited to his arms and hands.  We are grateful we get to enjoy our son.  we are grateful to know how many people love max and are pulling for him.


Here he is coming out of anesthesia:
Maximus has new bandages.  He now only has teddy bear hands to work with.  But you would be amazed at how what he can still do:
He still sings, too:
 It is unbelievable how kind people are.  On Kauai, here on Oahu, and on the mainland.  We wouldn't be able to take stay here and take care of Maximus if there weren't people taking care of literally everything else.  And all of your kind words and prayers and offers, thank you so much.  I am grateful more and feel sucky less. 

He seems to be rolling with it.  And we are doing our best to follow his example and trying to make the best of it.  

13 comments:

marilynl said...
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Brady and Karen said...

So cute--Daddy and Max singing away. Love the monkey feet. What a sweetheart.

Kat Clark said...

Therapy baby. Perfect. I'm in love with his feet! Can you believe he can already maneuver them that way? So incredible. Such a sweet moment with him singing. Thanks do much for the updates. Sending lots of love and praying all the time. And by all the time, yes, even when I get a moment in the can. I'm serious about getting my chocolate buddy all healed up. :)

Adri said...

Awwwhhhh... This post had me smiling and crying at the same time. What a sweet little boy.

Cydnee said...

What a little trooper! We're praying for a speedy recovery. Hugs to Maximus and his lovely parents, too! Love you guys! From the Whipple Plumbing Queen.

Cydnee said...

What a little trooper! We're praying for a speedy recovery. Hugs to Maximus and his lovely parents, too! Love you guys! From the Whipple Plumbing Queen.

Audrey said...

You have an amazing brave little guy who is lucky to have such wonderful parents! Keeping Baby Maximus in our thoughts.

Blake ~ Amber ~ Noah ~ Jade said...

Wow! How scary to hear this! He looks like an awesome, brave little boy. I'm sorry you are having to go through this. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family!!

Eric and Laura said...

I love that he still sings even when it hurts! We're so glad to hear the good news! We're still praying for you guys!

Brooke Moench said...

I absolutely love that you called him a Therapy Baby. Such a compliment to his disposition. Sending you lots of prayers. We are thinking of you guys!

Alyssa said...

What a sweet heart. He as well as your whole family is in our prayers. If we can do anything - send anything from the mainland, please don't hesitate to ask.

jamie parker said...

Even the back of his head is adorable! I love when he sings. Praying and seeing answers before our eyes....love the power of prayer. Love to you.

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing! we love you guys and praying for you so much! ~Lau's

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