Journal entry by Linda DeLuca

Today was Paul's six week follow up appointment. It is just amazing how well he is healing. His neck and flap had a few more stitches removed.  The swelling has gone down quite a bit. Dr. D says it will take at least six months before it goes down enough. His leg wound looks good as well. Now if you ask Paul, he thinks its looks horrible! But he doesn't remember how it looked at first. It has healed with a nice pink skin. It only has a couple black spots left but told today it should only take a couple more times with Silvadene cream and bandaging, it will be completely healed. 

Because of the swelling, his swallowing is still compromised. He has a speech therapist once a week but there isn't much they can do right now. The nurse is also down to once a week. His trach is completely closed. They didn't have to stitch it closed like they thought they would. 

Now we need to build his energy back up. He can barely do anything without getting exhausted no sooner than he starts. :(  His naps are usually a couple hours long. He wants to be able to do things around the house or work outside but can't. He does take a couple short walks during the day to get some fresh air. 

Paul and I want to give a big shout out to his sister Barbara. She came down from New Hampshire to help me out with Paul during his recovery from the hospital. She ended up staying five weeks with us. She just left this past Saturday. We both agree, we don't know what we would have done without her! She helped me out immensely. Thank you so much Barb...we love you & miss you already! HUGS!! 

Our next appointment is in two months. We finally can get a break and I can start building my sick leave back up since I'm down to eight hours. We've been going to appointments every two to three weeks since April! It will be a nice break too with the holidays around the corner. 

Unless there's a change in Paul's condition, I will update his progress next year after his two month appointment. If I didn't have to work, I think we would both get under the covers and hibernate all winter :)  We will be staying home and healing this winter. His throat still has a lot of healing and he can't talk much. 

A big thank you to everyone who's still with us on this site. Have a Merry Christmas ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy New Year!  Talk to you next year....Linda & Paul xxxx
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