Monday, February 23, 2009

Preparing for Surgery

Last week we went to Dr. Khazanchi's office to discuss the necessary preparations for surgery. We were a big group including Meher and her father, both of my parents, Maggie, Brian and me. Meher was a bit overwhelmed by the new place and sat quietly on my lap as the doctor explained the entire procedure to us. The first procedure will be reconstruction work on both of her hands, her scalp, and her forehead. It will involve two operations over a period of approximately three months. The first operation will take place in early March as soon as Dr. Khazanchi can make all the arrangements. Her left hand (the one that was more damaged in the fire) will be reconstructed first so she can begin occupational therapy and learn how to use it as soon as possible. She will also be fitted with a balloon that will be slowly expanded to create more healthy scalp tissue so the damaged area can be removed and replaced. Her father was very enthusiastic about the entire procedure as it will make a world of difference for his daughter.

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