Ammon got his stitches out today and got the pic line removed! He was very emotional during the ordeal because he was afraid of the tape pulling the hair on his arm and didn't like to have the sensation of the stitches coming out of his head. He was brave in the end, but he was sure afraid to do this before Dr. Valdez got started.
Dr. Valdez was very gentle and explained everything he was doing. When Ammon would cringe, Dr. Valdez would back off and give Ammon a minute to breathe a little easier. When it was done Ammon was so happy as he realized the pic line was gone that he grabbed Dr. Valdez and gave him a big hug and said, "I love you, Dr. Valdez!"
Orange hair will have to remain until Sunday when he will finally get a good soapy shower.
Pic line is gone!! Tape is gone. I put a little dressing over the area just for tonight to make sure the site remains clean.
Ammon has been very tired acting today. You can see it in his eyes tonight. He is now in bed - he doesn't have to wait for the long IV injections to be complete by 11 p.m.
Dr. Valdez doesn't want Ammon to go back to school until after he has had the H1N1 vaccination but his office doesn't even get the stuff until the middle of November which means Ammon probably won't be able to go back to school until after Thanksgiving. Two half years missed! Wow. That's a big chunk out of his life just trying to recover and be well. At least he's on the mend.