Excitement is in the air at the Ponce household! Charlotte is going to begin the first phase of her reconstructive surgery next month! It has been years since Charlotte’s last major surgery. After the last unsuccessful attempt to install posts into her skulls to mount prosthetic nose and ear pieces, Charlotte was understandably fearful of the operating room. The surgery was very painful (essentially, the surgeons drilled screws into her bones), and her body rejected the posts, leading to chronic infections. Her nose posts have been removed, but the ear posts are still in place but need to go. Her hair tangles around them and they can bleed with the slightest tug of her hair.
Despite the pain, both physical and mental, Charlotte is finally ready for another go at reconstructive surgery. Her new doctor in Southeast Michigan is very friendly and experienced. He’s actually done a very similar surgery recently to a thirteen year old boy.