Things started out pretty normal, and we went through our usual routine of drain removal and then the fill process. The fill process. Well, this time the fills were much different. In the past, Bo and I have done them at home with the help of EMLA cream. Now that Sophie is older and very aware of all that we are doing, she was having no part of us doing the fills at home. Thankfully, we met Dr. Beals and his group at USA Children's and Women's hospital after Sophie's last surgery, so they assisted us with the fills. It was pretty intense during that 30 minutes of fills, but as soon as we were done, we would go do something fun, like play at the Splash Pad. This was a great distraction for Sophie and the moving around really helped Sophie get comfortable quickly.
Fast forward to the July, and we are ready for the expanders to be removed. We had an uneventful trip to Chicago. My sister, Brenda, went with us this time. We did some sightseeing in the city, and rode the train. The weather was great!
After we got home, Sophie developed an infection in the incision. With the help of Dr. Bauer and Dr. Beals and his group, we were able to get it under control pretty quickly. Whew! This was a tough round, and we are very thankful that we made the decision early on that we would not do more surgeries this year. We all needed a good break!