We tried a different technique this time. Instead of unrolling the casts, we cut them off. Francesca was not impressed with either method.
Thank goodness Carol was there to help. I was getting a little squeamish. I kind of had to blur my eyes so I couldn't see everything that well.
The gauze was really stuck, so we popped her into the bath. Her skin was really raw.
Victoria was really happy that it wasn't her turn yet!
Once we got the gauze off and she finally looked at her hands, she was amazed. She had such a look of wonder on her face.
I know I will never take my hands and feet for granted again!
I think they look pretty amazing! I can't wait to see her using them. She doesn't have the middle joint, so she will be a little bit limited, but knowing her, she will be snatching things off the table in no time.
Here's what her hands used to look like.
She had to keep checking to make sure her toes were still there.
She bravely started walking right away.
Then, it was time for the dreaded dressing. We prepared ourselves for a screaming fest. I almost felt sick about thinking of how much pain she was in. We decided to bring out the big guns right away: chocolate chip cookies and ring pops. The other key was to sing the "ABC" song over and over. I am not looking forward to pushing the gauze down into the crevices of her fingers for five weeks, but she sure was a trooper so far. Much better than last time.
She was amazingly well. Such a sad little face. Hopefully she will be more comfortable and sleep well. As for me, I am going to bed and taking a big bag of candy with me!