Staples Removed!

Colin had his head wrap and staples removed on Friday April 6th. After this shot he got new bandages and head wrap that he will continue to wear through April 19th, the date of is his second surgery to implant the boxes. He was so relieved and finally smiled once all was removed.

A closeup of the 22 staples that had to be removed plus a few on the side that can’t be seen in the picture. The removal of the bandages and tape from the hair prior to this shot actually proved to be more painful than the removal of the staples. Now we are just looking forward to a successful 2nd surgery and programming.

We hope everyone is enjoying their Easter Sunday!


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  1. HAPPY EASTER! Wow, thanks for sharing the good news! It seems like progress is being made! I’m sure little Colin was glad to get those staples out. I’ll continue to send thoughts and prayers and trust that all will go well with the next surgery on 4/19!! Hugs, Martha

    • Garett Semeit on April 9, 2012 at 4:19 am
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    So glad everything is going good. Keeping our fingers crossed and sending lots of hugs and prayers. Good Luck on the 19th. Miss you in class and cant wait till you come back. Love Garett and family

    • Christine Crain on April 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm
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    Thanks for sharing the good news! It seems like progress is being made. I?ll continue to send thoughts and prayers and trust that all will go well with the next surgery on 4/19!! Chris

    • Sandy Torres on April 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm
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    Happy to hear that Colin is doing well. May God continue to watch over him. Will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.

  2. High bug this your unc T . I heard the Easter bunny came to see u . That’s a good wabbbitt. Well we will be there Saturday. I’m so happy for boo . Your brother & I love you. So much . Me and your bro miss. U 🙂

    • Filippones on April 10, 2012 at 2:23 am
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    So glad everything is ok so far! Need anything just give us a ring. love you tons……

    • Ms JoJo on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm
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    Hi Colin,
    It’s Ms JoJo finally checking in!! It looks like you are doing GREAT, it’s awesome to see that beautiful smile!!! I read all the postings and laughed when I read about the tape removal being painful. There is nothing worse than that stupid tape coming off!!! Why don’t they put some numbing medicine on the sticky part of the tape so it doesn’t hurt so much when they take it off???

    I have been busy, since we had Spring Break last week. On the 31st we flew over to Hawaii, the Big Island for a weeks vacation. My husband and I saved for 5 years to take this trip. We decided it was a once in a lifetime trip so we brought the kids with us. We took lots of hikes on hard lava rocks, stayed on a black sand beach, did some kayaking, and snorkeling. My favorite part was going to the Green Sand Beach which we had to 4WD to and then hike down to the beach. If you have a chance have you should google it, it’s cool and yes the sand was really green!!

    Today is our first day back at school. I sure do miss our 12:30 dates and I always feel like something is missing from my day! I can’t wait for you to get back here!!! I’m keeping you in my positive thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, Colin!!!
    Knuckles…Firework style,
    Ms JoJo
    (your favorite health tech)

    • Aunt Tazeem on April 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm
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    Wow Colin! You are a brave little man! We miss you tons handsome boy and can’t wait to see you again.
    Love seeing your smiling face!

    • Denise Moe (Aaron's mom) on April 12, 2012 at 5:31 am
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    Hi Colin,
    HOOORAY!! I’m sure it felt good to get the bandage off for a while. Yes, that silly tape can be the worst! I know it is bad even when it is on your arm for an IV (I can only imagine on your head with lots of little hairs). It is like getting a free waxing (ask your mom). We were so glad to get an update and super happy to hear that you are healing well and everything is going fantastic. We will continue to pray for your recovery and 2nd surgery. we miss you lots.
    Love ya,
    Moe Family

    • Nicole on April 13, 2012 at 2:50 am
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    Hi Colin!!! You look so handsome and happy! I bet the doctors and nurses are cool at the hospital! How is the FOOD? Hope you get lots of yummy stuff! I am going to show Carson your updated pictures over the weekend and he will be excited to write to you. Thinking of you!!!
    Miss Nicole (Carson’s Mom)

    • Teresa on April 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm
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    How wonderful to see your sweet smile. You are so brave Colin. We miss you.
    Madison and the rest of the Marriott Family xxx

    • Nicole Lester on April 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm
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    Hi Colin. I’m glad your doing good. We miss you at school.

    From CJ.

    • Caitlyn Filippone :) on April 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm
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    Colin is so adorable! I can’t wait to see that smiling face back home and in the pool this summer! Praying for you all. Love you <3

    • Aunty Veronica on April 16, 2012 at 1:52 am
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    Colin your such a brave little man!! I’m so very proud of you!!! I love you lots of bunches. I will be back to see you soon!! Keep on smiling my favorite handsome nephew! Xoxoxo!

      • Aunty Veronica on April 16, 2012 at 4:02 am
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      I love you so much handsome boy! <3

    • your crazy cousin Megs on April 16, 2012 at 3:43 am
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    I’m glad to see a smile on that handsome face of yours. I will be down there soon with Aron and Aiden. I want to give you time to rest and get better before I bring your cousins down. I love you and your family. Kisses XOXOXO

    • Kelly Sturgeon on April 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm
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    Hi Colin!! We want you to know we are thinking of you and glad to see you are doing well!!! You are so brave! We miss you and are looking forward to you being back in class!
    Brenna and Sturgeon family

    • Khila Mix on April 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm
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    Great news! So happy that everything is going well. I will be thinking of you all and praying for the very best on the 19th! Take Care.

    • Paul Palid on April 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm
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    It’s great to here the good news of Colin’s progress so far. Best of luck on 4/19! We will be praying for you guys!

    • Nicole on April 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm
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    Hi Colin. Hope you’re doing good. I hope you come home soon. Everybody misses you from school. Do you like your stuff. I have a Pegasus Beyblade too. From Carson

    • Melinda Linder on April 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm
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    Hi Colin,

    We miss you here at James Dukes! It is so good to see your smiling face. I hope you are feeling well.
    Everyone from room 21 says hello.

    -Mrs. Linder

  3. Dear Colin & family, Good luck with the 2nd surgery tomorrow. I’m sure that it will go well. You are in my thoughts and prayers. – Martha Murphy

  4. I’m happy to read your blog

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