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7/25 Update on Mark

Here are two emails I received today about Mark and how his burns are healing. Please continue to pray for him. Thanks.

“He had an an appointment again at the burn center on Monday. Before we go in (tomorrow) we have to soak off the aquacel dressing that was applied during the surgery, and then the Doctor will be able to adequately access the burns and the healing. There is one area that the dressing was cut away on because of drainage, and it looks questionable. The skin should have a pink/red appearance, and it is still white. The doctor asked me if it looked any different from the time of the burn or at the surgery, and it didn’t–it looked white then, which isn’t good. Healing skin/tissue should be pink or red, so we’ll see what they have to say tomorrow. After tomorrow he should be able to start on exercising the fingers/wrist/elbow, so that will be good. His pain is getting better each day, and that is also a good thing, for which we are praising God. We are just hoping that he doesn’t have to have skin graft on the area on his elbow.

He is starting to get a little bored, so that also is good–the first week he was in so much pain that he really didn’t care to do much–didn’t even have the TV on. Today he was off the couch a little more, came to the table for supper last night, and he can now feed himself since he has use of his right arm (he did sustain burn injuries to his right arm as well). I still am doing burn care to his face 4-5 times a day, but it is looking good, even though his face is beet red-Dr. says red is good. He now looks like he has a very severe sun burn. The ear was what they were concerned about, but it is looking better every day, so we don’t think there was cartilage damage. Mark isn’t doing much on the computer yet because of limited use of his right hand, but maybe after tomorrow with getting this cast-type dressing off, he’ll be able to do more–typing will be good therapy!!!”

“We soaked off the aquacel dressing prior to his appt (a 2 1/2 hour process) and the doctor (us too) are pleased with the healing. There is now some pink skin on the area around his elbow which was questionable. All of his arm can now be open to the air with the exception of the elbow which has to have a special dressing applied to it. We return to the burn unit on Monday. All of his exposed arm has new pink skin, and is very tender, but it looks good. He has to work on range of motion which has been lost in his elbow, wrist and fingers, and is very painful, but now that the aquacel dressing is gone, we can work on that. So for the weekend that is his assignment-keeping the area clean, the elbow area dry with dressing changes, and exercising. His face is looking good, and we no longer have to do the 4-5 washes/antibiotic creme applications daily– Twice a day washes with lotion they have given us is good. In a few days we can use Benadryl lotion which will help with the itching.”

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