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05/12/07 21:01:10 - Arenís Funky Leg

When Dr. Goode operated on Aren's leg, he explained to us that it is better for the nails inserted into the femur to not be completely inside the bone. (I guess it is easier to remove them that way... MB will check on that next time Aren has an appointment.) He explained that, as a result of this, it would be very possible that the nail may eventually poke through the skin. Well, it happened.

There is nothing to worry about, as long as we change his dressing daily and keep putting antibiotic ointment on it. Oh, and Aren is on a pretty heavy dose of antibiotics on top of that, too. So, while we always want Aren kept in as many prayers as possible, there's no need for anyone to freak out.

That being said, I want to warn anyone who may want to click "Read More". When I was a kid, one of the best parts of having an injury was being able to gross everyone else out. "Wanna see something gross?" we'd ask, hoping to be able to revel in the look of horror on the face of the person gazing at our wound. Well, technically this isn't my wound, and I can't actually see anyone's face, but the next page is going to have pictures of Aren's funky leg, from the time when you could begin to see a bump under the skin until now.

So... wanna see something gross?

You couldn't stay away, could you? Well, you were warned.

This first picture was taken April 19th, about two weeks after his operation. Prior to this date, there really wasn't anything to see except his stitches. His knee was so swollen that you couldn't see any bump at all.
2 Weeks Post-Op
This one was taken just a few days later. The swelling on his knee had gone down some more, so you can see the bump caused by the nail even better -- it's right under the surface.
2.5 Weeks Post-Op
Aren started physical therapy on the May 3rd. When the physical therapist took the dressing off to see how his muscles were working, she noticed that the nail had finally broken through. Dr. Goode saw him the next day and told us how to take care of it. This picture was taken on Saturday, May 5th. (Don't worry... most of that nasty-looking yellow gunk is the antibiotic ointment.)
First Hole - 4 Weeks Post-Op
As you can see, the hole is even larger, and you can plainly see the nail beneath the surface -- it's that grey, metallic thing that looks like... well, it looks like a nail, though you can't tell it well from this pic. Again, the yellow is old bacitracin.
May 11 hole

This one is from Mother's Day. There isn't any gunk, so you can actually get a pretty good view of the nail. Cool, huh?
Mother's Day

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Velda wrote:
I love gross stuff. I'm just sorry it's happening to Aren. How does he feel about it?
14/05 17:31:23

flemmanog wrote:
It looks like some alien getting ready to come out of there. Blah!
14/05 18:01:12

ben wrote:
NASTY!!!!...AND COOL!!!! :)
07/06 10:19:15

Elle Fagan wrote:
hi,
a note from the lady who painted "lily pink hat" and sent it on to you....

I was a good den mother, and I love Aren too....but I am NOT doing a portrait of Aren's gucky spot....ok? :-)

Congrats on the baby and her better health....photo of myself and Luara Bush if you scroll down to the bottom of
http://ellefagan.com/artsit...
and lots of fun neat stuff about White House Easter Eggs and more.

note the new email address.

God Bless you all!
19/08 14:24:40

http://www.toppowerlevel.net wrote:
hi,
a note from the lady who painted "lily pink hat" and sent it on to you....

I was a good den mother, and I love Aren too....but I am NOT doing a portrait of Aren's gucky spot....ok? :-)

Congrats on the baby and her better health....photo of myself and Luara Bush if you scroll down to the bottom of
http://ellefagan.com/artsit...
and lots of fun neat stuff about White House Easter Eggs and more.
08/05 02:06:16

Derick Jones wrote:
You are really brave to write about Aren. I hope that all of you are doing well, especially Aren. God bless. I am glad that I was able to learn about this blog.
31/05 22:41:06

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