39 Years Old, The Worst Car Accident of My Life. New Orleans, LA
It was September 4, 2015, and I was at the very...
Almost forgot… pics of the car!
Surgery finally scheduled! First one will be February 8 at 8:00 am
The next part is the tissue expanders: There will be two rectangular ones that will each hold about 200 mL and they'll hopefully create two tissue flaps that will be large enough to meet in the middle of my forehead, which will allow them to remove the scar tissue on my forehead. The one in my nose will be to stretch the skin (which is scar tissue, all of it) to pull down onto the lower portion of my nose, which hasn't healed well at all. It will be all scar tissue, but uniformly-colored, smooth, and vascular scar tissue, and will look okay on my nose. The reasoning behind that is because all of the other typical places where a reconstructive surgeon would want to get a skin flap to cover the nose are all unavailable, i.e., Middle of the forehead, above the nose, cheek beside the nose. They're going to allow my tissue expanders to heal up for around two weeks, then they'll start to add saline to the expanders to start the process of expansion. They'll add saline every week or so, "to the level where the patient is feeling discomfort." Greattt… my nose is really badly broken, tithe point where I still cannot touch my nose at all. I am a bit concerned about how much pain is going to be involved with having a constantly enlarging cylinder constantly pressing on my extremely sensitive nasal bones/cartilage. I can't think of things like that, I have to remain positive. This is the first big HUGE step toward getting to look like myself (sort of) again. I'm excited. I'm going to have to go through a LOT before I get there, but I'm finally going to be on my way in nine days now!
Thank you, everyone, for your support. It really means a lot to me.
I'll post pics and updates as I can as soon as I can!
Hugs from Kari!
My main surgeon will be Dr. Shahrouz Zarrabi, he's an oral/maxillofacial surgeon (I have been seeing him every week to ten days since shortly after the accident occurred. He's the main surgeon, but the attending surgeons who were there when the ambulance brought me in – Dr. Andrew Megison and Dr. Peter Rowan – will take part in my reconstructive surgeries as well. Dr. Mark Welch and Dr. John Phillip Nearly (all of my surgeons are DMDs and MDs) are the department heads of the oral/maxillofacial surgery department, and I saw them a couple of times while I was healing up after the accident. I'm in VERY capable hands so far.