The Lost Island of Atlantis

“And in a single day and night … the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.” That was the ancient philosopher Plato’s description of Shade’s recent facial reanimation procedure, during which Dr. Marcus and Dr. Phillips removed excess fat and skin from the right side of Shade’s face. Skin Island has vanished, much to the chagrin of the tiny monkey’s living in the curly coconut trees thereabouts. Its whereabouts have become the grist of speculation, superstition and legend.

58309199613__69741F8A-42AF-4DFA-8F3F-3510EE4CA848In other words, Shade’s surgery was a complete success. Dr. Phillips explained that they did not have to touch any muscle in the process; the excess skin from the graft was completely removed; his natural cheek skin was stretched over the muscle and glued down with a biological glue; and Shade was left with a single thin scar along his jawline. Presumably, once the swelling reduces (Mr. Chipmunk still has a bit of a grip), his scar will be barely noticeable.

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So symmetrical!

The surgery was quite short – two and a half hours total – a breeze compared to his last procedure, which was ten hours. Upon his waking, I took a picture of him from the front and his face is nearly symmetrical. I showed the pic to Shade, who in his post-anesthetic delirium, slurred, “I look like a fucking super-model.” Yes, you do, Shade. Yes, you do.

 

Unfortunately, the hospital was packed so there were no private rooms available and Shade and Aitza had to spend the night in a post-op ward with only one of those thin shower-curtain dealies to block out light and noise. Little use with those glaring florescent hospital bulbs and the grown man next door sobbing uncontrollably. (Not sure why, but he did all night.) Double the problem that the cubicle was right next to the nurse’s station and the bathroom, so they had the pleasure of listening to the night shift cackling, giggling and flushing overflowing urine jugs all through the wee hours. As if to taunt Shade and Aitza, the computer monitor in the room kept flashing a screensaver with a kid doing the international “Shh” sign with his finger and a message saying: “Please keep it quiet while healing is happening.” Yeah, right.

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Oreos make it all worth it.

When I returned to the hospital this morning, Shade and Aitza had the bloodshot thousand-yard stares of combat survivors. But they’re war veterans by now and shook it off quickly, especially after I brought Shade some Oreos. After all, it was time to leave the battlefield and return to the soft, quiet beds of the Hilton, where Shade is now snuffling gently amongst a pile of fluffy pillows. The next few days will be devoted to rest and recovery until his final appointment on Friday and then home.

 

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 19:15:40

    Thank you for the great updates! Give Shade and Aitza a hug for us! Praying everyone recovers quickly!

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  2. Jean Curtice
    Jun 26, 2019 @ 06:54:25

    Shade! Wowie McWowie Face!!!! I can’t wait to see you at work where I can hug you and squeeze your cheeks! (It May have to be an “air-squeeze”)

    Universal love to you, your bro, your other bro and sister, your mom and dad, Weda, Boo-Boo, your other grandpa and the rest of you’re fantastic family.

    Love, love, ❤️

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  3. Coleen Gross
    Jun 26, 2019 @ 07:42:19

    That is so awesome. You do look like a super model . Xoxoxo

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  4. Rod Bitterling
    Aug 08, 2019 @ 08:40:46

    Is he going to change his name to Shade Pitt? you guys/gal are all superheroes!

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  5. Rod Bitterling
    Aug 08, 2019 @ 08:41:28

    Great stuff Vince – you are a great dad!

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