Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Return of the Azzdate

This kid can't get a break. Mid January Amonte got signed off of daily wound care from his September surgery. A week later a new cyst appeared on his leg and a cluster of them on his tail bone. Amonte is getting really good at recognizing the symptoms before they even appear so it was caught fairly early. Easy surgery, able to close with sutures, no wound care. One week later another one in his groin. Surgery this week did not go quiet as well. The cyst had grown significantly and started draining. This makes it much more difficult to remove the cyst and wall intact. The surgeon was able to place sutures in the lower level but had to leave the top layer open in hopes of preventing an abscess. Although this will not require major wound care it will still need a daily dressing for the drainage and the healing will be significatly delayed. He was much more painful this time and the anesthiologist apparently did not medicate him for nausea so he spent most of the night post surgery puking. Lovely.

Amonte seems to be holding up fairly well under all of this. He is depressed which I would expect and it has taken a major toll on his social life. But somehow he is still able to make jokes and look towards the future. I am not coping as well. I'm totally overwhelmed and angry. Really, really angry. I feel totally alone and helpless.

I know it could be worse. I know that this is a lifelong condition. I know that he has had surgery before. I know he will have surgery again. Knowing it does not make it easier. Every time is as difficult as the first. And I imagine it will continue to be.

11 comments:

  1. This whole situation just plain stinks!!! Poor Amonte and it sure isn't easy for you to deal with either....

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  2. I really admire the strength with which both you and Amonte have handled this. I can only imagine how difficult it has been, and will continue to be, and hope that it will do nothing more than bolster the relationship you have with your son. Hang in there, Momma!

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  3. I'm so SORRY ZOE!!!!!!!! You are such a strong person I really admire how you handle everything that is thrown at you!

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  4. You both really need to catch a break at some point.

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  5. How horrible for him!! What exactly does he have?? (I think I may have missed a Blog or something when you've mentioned it.)
    Hope everybody feels better soon!!

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  6. Wow Zoe, this really bites. I just can't even imagine............This kid can't catch a break! Will there be a point at all where it will go into remission?
    Thinking of you all!

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  7. Poor kid, that's a lot for him to have to go through. (and you too!!) I hope he catches a break.

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  8. How awful! I'm not sure what the medical condition is, either, but I'm curious. It's amazing how strong kids (and moms!) can be when they HAVE to be. But you SO deserve to whine about it, Zoe! Who could blame you for that!?! It just doesn't seem fair, does it?

    Good luck with the surgery!

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  9. Girl, I wish I was closer to you so I could help!
    I am going to blogher!

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  10. I love you both and it just goes to show that YOU have raised him well given the circumstance and he still has a beautiful spirit that shines through. I know this is hard on you both well all of you and all I can say is let me help you. (((HUGS))) to both of you.

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  11. I wish I had words. I've got none. It's just wrong that a teenage boy has to deal with this!

    I'm off to look into what he's got so I've got a better grasp.

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