Today Jason had just one appointment, and then a hair cut. The appointment was with the OT folks, and, again, they worked his right hand and arm, doing their best to improve his range of motion. Other than that, there really wasn't much else done today... well, except I did manage to get a small update on his treatment... not that that is important... ;-)
First, you have to appreciate the fact that I was with Jason, just after he had gotten his hair cut. The barber shop is in the lower level, below the first floor, and if it were on the first floor it would be directly across from C5, so it is pretty close to where his appointment was. Now, having said that, Jason finished his appointment and I asked him if he would like to go to the C.A.R.E. folks, and get an update (I honestly don't remember what C.A.R.E. stands for, but if anyone should want to know I can get another flier), since the woman in charge there is our point of contact for updates. He said yes, so we headed over to the location where we last spoke to them - it was across the campus. When we arrived I asked to speak with them and the guy behind the counter said he would give them a call, and he did. When Marie answered, she informed me that they had moved back over to C5, to be more convenient; they just forgot to tell us.
Anyway, the update went something like this; Jason's wounds are still improving, though slowly and the Plastics doctors and the Dermatology doctors were pretty happy with the progress. They want to add another treatment called a hyperbolic chamber that forces oxygen to the cells, and that promotes more skin growth. It is very similar to what they use on divers who come up from deep dives, too fast. Once the wounds have improved to a higher level, or at least as far as dermatology thinks it is going to go, then there will be talk about going after the H.O. The H.O. will require at least one more surgery and probably more, and if they are able to do what they want to do it should allow the Plastics doctors the ability to establish more "padding" for Jason and even some possible adjustments to his posture. The surgeries for this work will be done either here, in San Diego or in Bethesda, and it is all up to how Jason feels. It will be his call. My guess is that as far as a time frame is concerned we're looking at sometime in the Fall, if the surgery is going to take place.