This page contains very disturbing and gruesome pictures of Derek’s foot. If gore bothers you, please leave this page now. If not, please scroll down.
The pictures are coming…
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I took this picture of Derek’s foot while in the first hospital I took him to after he got hit by a car. He broke his tibia and fibula and got this horrible gash. It is maybe 30 minutes to an hour after it happened.
This is a picture of Derek’s foot 3 1/2 weeks after the accident happened. It is one week after the skin graft was done. There are a few stitches left where the wound exposed the bones. The donor skin has holes in it, making it look like snake skin or graph paper, but over time, the skin cells will fill in the holes.
This is a picture of his foot two weeks after the skin graft happened. You can see that the foot is starting to heal around the edges, the stitches have disintegrated, and you can see more areas of red, which means the skin in starting to grow in. In this picture, there is more tissue filling in the wound as a whole.
Today we went in for a routine wound cleaning and cast change, but instead, the doc came in and did a quick inspection. He told me that these white areas where the skin looks like snake skin are areas the skin graft is not taking. He thinks we might be able to wait and see if the skin fills in regardless, but the scar tissue may grow back to thick, and we would need to do another skin graft. I think he is mulling over the possibility of doing a skin graft now,but I know he wants to avoid causing Derek any more pain. These donor sites are painful.
I have been changing the dressings on his foot every day now. I am amazed every time I take the bandages off the amount of healing that has taken place. You always hear people say how quickly young ones bounce back. It is so true! Below is a picture of his foot from last night after his bath. The changes are amazing, huh?
Here is a picture of Derek’s foot at his last appointment. The dark pink area is still exposed tissue that needs to heal. Once that closes, we can remove the dressings! Amazing how quickly young ones heal, isn’t it?
Tomorrow it will be 8 weeks after the accident. It is amazing how well a 3-year-old can heal. Here is a picture of his foot as it is today. I am showing you two of them, because today, for the first time, he went swimming for two hours without his boot or his dressings! The first picture is the foot at the pool, outside. The second one is after his bath tonight. While it looks so much better than it did, I have to say, it was still hard to see the difference of my own son’s foot and the foot of another 3-year-old boy that was there. It was a reminder of the differences that will always exist. As a mom, it is hard to see a visual reminder that your child is not “perfect.” I don’t think it bother’s Derek at all, though, nor do I think it ever will.
Here it is! The picture of his foot the day we are told the doc doesn’t need to see him anymore. You can see there are some scabby-looking things and some dried skin on it, but nothing serious. It will be another year and a half or so before he is 100% healed, and I will continue to add updates to this page as things progress, but really, after everything he went through, all he will have is a relatively minor scar. His big toe cannot move upwards as there is no tendon there, but we are going to get reconstructive surgery to correct that. Until then, he will have a slight deformity that you can kind of see in these pictures. It is not very obvious, but still there.
Here is a picture of his foot from his last Doctor’s appointment on July 31, 2012.
II decided to add a more recent picture today just to show how he continues to heal. Usually I take pictures right after the bath, but today I got him while taking a nap! The final scabs are healing up nicely, but they break open when he wears shoes, so when he goes out, he wears on shoe on his left foot and on the right, he is Shoeless Joe!