Nicky’s Left Leg & The Deal With Walking

As per Nicky’s wishes, I am posting a few pictures I took a week ago of his left leg/foot. He’s been trying so hard to start walking again. Doctors and others have treated him as if it’s something so easy to walk, his EB team wants him to go to rehab, something he sooooo does not want to do (you can read about that at his CaringBridge Journal October entry). He wanted me to post these pictures to show what he’s dealing with. Let me give everyone a brief summary of what’s been going on with his legs and walking since he was born. I will try to keep it short, promise! Nicky didn’t start walking well onRead More

If I Knew Then What I Know Now…

I was changing Nicky’s gauze last night, once again being amazed of how much certain types of gauze helps or protects Nicky’s skin and I wished the myself of today could not only advise the me of 16 years ago, but actually hand over the supplies to do it. If I could, Nicky would for certain be better off today. No doubt about it. I can’t even begin to describe the horrible shape I was in when Nicky was born. I am writing about it in my book and I shake my head in disbelief. The various Insurance companies refused to cover bandages for over a decade. The bandages themselves were… sad. All we had to work withRead More

Wound Pics

I just noticed that I haven’t posted any ‘wound pics’ of Nicky in a while, so I picked about 4 that I took in the past 2 months. For those that are unfamiliar with my son’s struggles, he was diagnosed at birth with EB-short for Epidermolysis Bullosa. When he was a mere month old he was further diagnosed via skin biopsy with a rather severe form of this condition called ‘Recessive Dystrophic’ (RDEB), one of the rarest, more severe and more lethal forms. How rare? How severe? How lethal? According to the latest statistics, about 3 babies in a million are born with RDEB. Both parents have to be ‘carriers’ (and do not have the condition) and asRead More

Questions Answered

Ever since the photographer started taking photos of Nicky for her/our photo-documentary about living with EB, a lot of questions about his health have surfaced-I will try to answer them here to the best of my ability. 1. Is his condition considered ‘lethal’. Nicky was diagnosed at birth with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a biopsy was then taken and the result was a diagnose of his sub-type, which is ‘Recessive Dystrophic’. Of the currently known types of EB, only two are considered lethal per se: Junctional (Herlitz form) is deadly to the newborn and young. It involves the insides; small intestines, gallbladder, urethra and kidneys along with the nasal, oral, pharynx, esophagus, etc…  These babies commonly pass away within a fewRead More

Nicky & EB. What it is, how he’s doing.

I wrote this as a Facebook/MySpace/Blogspot post a couple of years ago-I tweaked it and updated it a bit but I felt this information is worth sharing and keeping ‘out there’ so to speak. There are quite a few family and friends, including some I’ve reconnected with recently, or within the past couple of years who are not sure what Nicky has or what’s going on with his health, so I figured I’d clue everyone in because in the coming years I will need your support more than ever. In a nutshell, Nicky was born with a skin disorder that falls under the umbrella of Epidermolysis Bullosa, a fancy Latin term meaning Blistering of the Epidermis. There areRead More

Nicky’s wound/hand pics

So, silly me… I wanted to have a ton of pre-surgery pics of Nicky’s hand, but I messed up. Nicky wanted his ‘left’ hand done so I took several photos of that hand, but then two weeks ago he changed his mind and decided to do the right one and I never did take good, proper pics of it. The right hand was in slighter worse shape than the left one. While the left hand still has a mostly straight index finger, the right hand did not. Beside that, both hands were in similar shape, as the thumb was webbed toward the palm of the hand and the pinky completely webbed in the hand, so much one couldRead More

Worth Reposting

In late October 2010, a little over a year ago, I put my heart on a sleeve and vented. My opinions are not those of a politician I chose to believe, or handed down by a parent, since my parents never talked about American Politics and I had no idea how my dad felt about politics until recently; my parents live in Italy BTW. My opinion does not come from a TV channel, newsprogram or a newspaper I chose to believe. My views and opinions come from my PERSONAL experiences. It’s truly as simple as that. My life. Period. I remember vividly when Clinton became president. I couldn’t yet vote, but I wasn’t happy. I had been aRead More

Fighting Double Standards

If you’ve ever watched an episode of CSI you’ve seen gruesome stuff. You would have seen the re-enactments of a murder, how a knife or a bullett entered the victim’s body, or the doctor performing biopsies. You would have seen hearts or brains being handled, throats slashed and worms devouring a cadaver. We’ve even seen a body being swallowed by a python-and then regurgitated. It’s all good and fine when it’s for entertainment purposes, but when it comes to reality, some people draw a line. Why?? Why is it ok to show gruesome things on National TV while the wound of a child suffering from EB is considered offensive and reported as inappropriate? EB Awareness week was just uponRead More

EB Awareness Week

Nicky & Alex - 1997

The last week of October marks ‘EB Awareness Week’. It is a time to increase awareness of EB, to promote the need for a cure, and to spur advocacy on behalf of families suffering with the emotional, financial and physical burden of the disease. EB might be rare, there are approximately 600 patients with the same form of EB that my son has in the United States (which is the Recessive Dystrophic form), but its rarity should not deter people from helping in any way they can, even if the only thing they can do is send a tweet or post something on their Facebook wall with a link to one of the main organizations that are lookingRead More