“You have to do WHAT?!”
“Will it hurt?”
“Ow, ow, ow, owie…”
“Thanks for holding my hand mom, I’m OK now :-)”
Every 6 hours we do wound care on Calvin’s surgery site on his back.
There’s not too much involved, we unwrap it, peel back the dressing, put some gel on it, and put it all back.
However, it’s my least favorite task because it seems to be Calvin’s least favorite.
His wound is really sore and it hurts him when we dress it – he never cries, but he squirms and whimpers, and it’s really sad.
My friend Morgan’s baby had his surgery at 26 weeks and was born less than 3 weeks later. His wound looked great by the time I first saw it in person which was about 10 weeks after he was born.
Since Calvin was in utero for about 10 weeks after his surgery, I was expecting the scar to look great, just like Morgan’s baby. After all, it had had ample time to heal in utero!
Turns out it heals much better OUT of utero. When I first saw Calvin’s scar I was pretty surprised by how sore and raw it still looked.
We didn’t post any pictures of his wound at first because it was pretty scary and I decided I would much rather have a before and after picture when we did show it off.
Just one week later, it looks so much better already!