Sunday, August 26, 2007

Chicks dig scars

Here are a few photos from Carl's transplant and time in the hospital. As you can probably guess from the first two, Carl's incision will eventually leave quite the scar (he still has a lot of fluid retention, which is why his belly looks round). Also, notice the third photo -- he has lost so much weight from his illness and surgery that he can wrap his hands all the way around his thigh. Actually, even I -- with my very tiny hands -- can wrap my hands all the way around his thigh. He has at least 30 pounds to gain.

Carl's surgical incision



The incision, close-up


Carl's legs



A few hours before the surgery



Carl and his nurse Cindy, the morning after the transplant



The view from his ICU room at the V.A. hospital


13 comments:

M said...

Those staples look nasty!

The first thing I noticed, beyond how skinny that skinny guy is, is how such a healthy color has replaced that lovely yellow!

So, get eating! and put some meat back on those bones!

Much love,
Aunt M and Uncle B

Rick and Kim said...

WOW those staples look like AM track! We are still praying for your swelling to go down in your legs and stomache. I am also glad to see your skin looking so clear and not yellow any longer. Your looking much better Carl!

God willing, the rest of your recovery will go much smoohter now that you are home with Dawn.

God bless you both and let us know if you need any help any time, day or night.

Love,

Rick and Kim

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

I'm so glad that you're home now, Carl. I hope things keep moving uphill for you. Let us know when you're feeling up to friends.

Miss you,
heather r.

Josh Carpenter said...

Congrats on coming home!

Wear that scar like a badge...not many people have that kind of evidence of what God has brought them through!

Looking great!

Anonymous said...

You guys are so funny and open and beautiful.

I wish you patience and big thick books and long long naps and slow slow walks and Maui Maui waves all in good time.

love and peace

God bless

deirdre

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! I'm glad my family is not the only one that sends pictures of surgical incisions and major injuries via the internet. It is very amazing what can happen to the human body and how well God made it to heal itself! Have fun eating whatever strikes your fancy, sorry the Old Country Buffet is off limits :-).

Shelly and family

Mylerna said...

God Bless! Praying you continue to heal.

Anonymous said...

We'll just have to start calling Carl "zipper" for short! Glad you are home bud!

Ted

amy4 said...

I am also amazed at how much better Carl's color is - and I'm sure he feels that the scar is well worth it! Chicks do love scars - you're right Dawn! :) Let me know when I can pay you guys a visit - I'll come with food!
Take good care,
Amy

Anonymous said...

Hello There. I just stumbled onto this blog from a PSC support group on yahoo. I was recently diagnosed with PSC and live in the Portland area. So it was very cool for me to see a succesful transplant in the area. Praise God! I will be continuing to pray for continued health and healing. For both of us!

Amy :)

Scott W said...

Aye, them be fine manly Scottish scars lad! The lass realit dig em.

Ye best be eating Haggis and deep fried battered pizza to fatten up laddie.

I leave ye with a fine Scottish toast lad.

May the best ye've ever seen
Be the worst ye'll ever see
May a moose ne'er leave yer girnal
Wi' a tear drap in his e'e
May ye aye keep hale an' he'rty
Till ye're auld eneuch tae dee
May ye aye be jist as happy
As we wish ye aye tae be


Translation for ye Inglis

May the best you have ever seen
Be the worst you will ever see
May a mouse never leave your girnal
With a tear drop in his eye
May you always keep hale and hearty
Till you are old enough to die
May you always be just as happy
As we wish you always to be

Cheers

Scott and Mary

Larry & Susan V. said...

So glad you're home and on the mend, Carl. And happy you are back in each others arms! You're still on the prayer list for a smooth and speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing you both when you're rested and ready for company. (Do you need any help, Dawn? I'm a pro at cleaning out litter boxes! :)

Love ya!
Susan and Larry

Anonymous said...

May God Bless you with your new beginning of life. I'm very happy for you :)