Well we made it home! We were very excited to be back in our beds again. The other two kids were sleeping when we got home so we didn't see them until today. Cameron was very happy to see Mom again before school. Kara was also excited but that wore off quickly. She was glad to have someone to play with today.
The appointment with Dr. Lewin went very well yesterday. She was happy with the progress so far. We saw the ear for the first time. It appeared very swollen to us, but the doctor said that comparatively Lauren's is much less swollen than she normally sees. She got her hair washed and her bandages changed. I included her before hair washing picture because I don't think we will see her hair like that again. The doctor is very pleased with her swelling and the lack of cleaning she had to do. The skin graft looks great so far and we just have to hope and pray that she will heal well. It sounds like how they heal is the one big unknown in this whole process. Becky will fly back with Lauren a week from today for another checkup and dressing change. After that, we are on our own. We will send the doctor many updates and photos so she can review her progress in the upcoming months. There will be a second surgery that should take place in October/November that will primarily be done to touch up the new ear. She said this surgery would be about 1/4th the time it took on the last surgery. However, she may want us to stay there for up to a week if needed during her recovery. As for now, we will let her heal and try to get ready for her jaw surgery in July. I would say we are half way home with her journey, but at least for now, all of us are home.