Today was the big day. The day we had to take the casts off. I was dreading it all day. First, I stocked up on all the important supplies. Of course, the Chips Ahoy were totally essential.
The event drew quite a crowd.
Francesca was beginning to sense that something was going to happen and she was not at all happy. You know how sometimes you imagine things are going to be worse than they actually are? This was NOT one of those times.
The worst part was the gauze under the casts. They were stuck to her skin and scabs. We had to soak them in the tub for quite a while. Then I had to pull them off.
We had to take a little break after that. It was hard to see my baby in pain and so scared.
Poor Victoria. She was so upset at Francesca's crying. She wouldn't even look. We finally had to take her into another room.
Francesca felt a little better after her bath.
Unfortunately, we were not finished.
"Say What! We're still not done!!!!"
We still had to wrap each crevice with saline bandages. I was so stressed I had to call in reinforcements. Carol to the rescue! She is calm in a crisis and also not easily grossed out. She was perfect for the job. As you can see, I had the important job of trying to stuff Cheetos in Francesca's mouth to appease her.
The doctor also took away some of the skin to make her thumbs have deeper pockets. These had to be wrapped too.
Wanna hear some really exciting news! I get to do this three times a day for a week! I'm sure it will get easier - right? That's what I am telling myself, over and over.
We're finally done! A mere 3 hours later! Such a brave girl!
There is one thing that I have learned through all of this today. Things may seem impossibly hard, but if you have to do them for your child, you get tougher and you can do things you never thought you could possibly do.
Thank you also to Theresa, who kindly drove all the way over to our house just to bring us Chinese food! Without her, I think everyone would have gone to bed with a cup of dry cereal.