Charlotte returned home on Monday, and is doing well after her second successful major surgery on her nose (more on this from mLive.com). She says she is not in much pain, but says her wounds and nose are itchy. A visiting nurse takes care of the wound on her forehead each day, as the doctor’s felt it might be a bit overwhelming for Charlotte’s parents given that her bone is exposed under the bandage. The incision on her rib cage has been healing quickly and nicely and is not in need of special care. She goes back to Beaumont on Monday for a check up. The next surgery is expected to take place in less than four weeks, if this phase of healing goes as planned.
While she was in the hospital, she was given a “Hero of the Month” award from the Kid’s Wish Network! Charlotte was very pleased to have been chosen for this award, which acknowledges children who have overcome very difficult situations. The staff at Beaumont Children’s Hospital nominated her for the award. She received a certificate, medallion, t-shirt and a gift card to pick something special out. She said she wanted to use the gift card to buy some nice things for people important to her.
Michigan artist Judyth Nelson mailed a beautiful watercolor of a princess in a pink dress especially painted for Charlotte. She granted permission for her to reproduce it if ever needed to raise money for Charlotte. We may take the beautiful image to make notecards or postcards that Charlotte can use to write back to her pen pals and well wishers. Once we have a chance to take a photo or scan that does the image justice, we’ll share it.