It has been six weeks since
accident. We last left you with Akaisha's finger injury looking like this.
Note various stages of skin damage and
Since then, Dr. Galindo
scheduled an appointment to remove the necrosis off Akaisha's finger to speed
further healing, and arranged for her to return to his office and private
operating room for a skin graft.
The graft was completed and
the photo below is our first
look afterwards. Due to the fact that he had a plastic surgeon convention to
attend in neighboring El Salvador, our follow up appointment was set up for
Sunday. Other than security guards, once again we were the only people allowed into this
modern medical center this Sunday morning.
Talk about service.
And in the
interim, we have been exchanging emails back and forth with Dr. Galindo discussing Akaisha's
progress and arranging appointments.
Chunk of necrosis is gone, skin graft from
center of finger towards hand and the results.
The mottled skin towards the
top of her finger was cut and removed, and the skin from her thigh replaced it.
Previous areas left open from the removal of the dead tissue were also covered
with this donation of skin. At the top center of the photo, you will see a tiny
patch where the graft didn't take, but Doc Galindo pronounced the finger healthy
with no infection and no unwanted fluid under the transplant of tissue.
This good news was a relief.
Looking more like a finger
The fracture is healing as
well so her finger was splinted and wrapped, and plans to see the surgeon again later this
week were made.
We have turned another
For six weeks - but who's
counting - Queen Akaisha has had a maid 6 days a week, a driver at her beck and
call, and a personal butler (me) attending to her
every need. She's gonna miss this...
Soon she will be able to exercise
her hand and fingers to stretch the ligaments and
strengthen muscles, and this "side trip" into hospitals, doctors offices and
pharmacies will be put behind us.
We both are looking forward
into our future, not back into the past, and soon we'll be moving on from the
Colonial splendor of
Antigua and into attractive and exciting vistas yet to come.