Julian is home!!! Last night, Joy and Amaya brought him from the hospital in Nashville to Chattanooga so he can recover here. He was tired but still smiling and making jokes when he arrived. Right now, everything is going as it should on the medical front. Being at home will give Julian a good opportunity to get some rest and focus on getting better!
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Thank you again!
Another good day with Julian! He got up and walked around the floor and had a bunch of visitors again. The real highlight, recovery wise, was that the skin graft on the left side of his face is taking! They changed the bandages on his head, and everything looks good! The donor site on his legs where the grafts were taken from looks good, too. It wasn't a comfortable experience today (to put it mildly), but Julian was a champ! Now we have to wait a couple days to see how his arm is doing. More updates to come, and thank you all again for everything!
Julian is doing well, and it's in large part to all of the all of the love he's gotten from friends, family, and even strangers! Of course, his medical teams at Vanderbilt are a huge factor, too. So, to catch you all up, I will try to hit the highlights of the past few days.
His first surgery was Tuesday afternoon, and everything went well in the O.R. He had a skin graft taken from his upper leg and put onto the left side of his face that was so badly injured. They were mainly focusing on covering the area because he lost so much tissue from it, including his left ear. (Thankfully, his hearing is fine). They also pulled a flap of muscle up from his neck to work on filling in his left cheek/side of his face. Tomorrow (Friday), they will remove his bandages and see if the skin grafts took.
He was also moved out of the Trauma ICU on Tuesday after surgery and given his own room on the burn floor! This was great news because not only did it mean that he was recovering well and didn't need the level of care they provide in the ICU, but he also has privacy, more lenient visiting hours, and a TV :)
Wednesday was really a pretty great day! Julian was back to his old self, joking and laughing and being social! He had bunches of visitors -- one of his visitors joked that she'd never had to wait in line to see someone in the hospital before. He's coached cheerleading and tumbling for many years and had his first visits from students yesterday. He'd been missing "his kids" a lot and getting to see some of them (and their wonderful moms) was really good for him! Not to mention, they brought some awesome posters for him.
I also wheeled him down to see Angela, his good friend who was in the car with him Sunday morning. (He can walk, but that's a longer hike than his doctors want him to take right now. The pain medcine he's taking for his injuries and surgery also make him a little unsteady on his feet.) That was an awesome reunion, and I know they were both extremely relieved to see each other and confirm with their own eyes that the other was ok.
Today, he's scheduled for another surgery -- this time a skin graft for the road burn on his left arm. He had a good night last night, and is up and making sure people are on their way to visit him today :)
THANK YOU again! Joy, Essie, Juliet, and I (along with lots of other family) are overwhelmed and beyond grateful for all of you!