I could really use a brief nap, lasting three or four days.
I had forgotten to mention that an urgent matter came up at work over the weekend, too. (Well, for work-related values of "urgent," anyway.) It had to do with some litigation-related insanity and required some technical expertise that no one else in the department seems to have. So I worked until about midnight last night, then showered and went to sleep on the sofa to avoid waking Lauren.
(Lauren has enormous trouble getting back to sleep if awakened, especially when stressed, and she's a very light sleeper. I have seen her wake up from the noise made by a cat walking across a wooden floor. She has not had a decent night's sleep in months and is at the end of her rope.)
My sacrifice was for naught, however, as Lauren woke up anyway and came to fetch me at about 1 AM. I went back to bed, and Lauren did not sleep for hours. I didn't sleep much, either, although I slept more than she did. At about 6:30, we got up to get Leo ready for the doctor.
The surgeon removed one or two stiches from Leo's back and slightly widened the hole through which pus had been draining. Leo did not enjoy that part. Some poking and squeezing, which Leo also did not enjoy, coaxed a little more fluid out of the hole. Lauren and I held him down on the table throughout this, and we did not enjoy it, either.
We still don't know if the tissue expander will have to be removed, although the doctor looked at the situation and said that the expander didn't have to be removed immediately. We had our regularly-scheduled visit planned for Wednesday afternoon, so we'll see what happens then. The main concern at this point is protecting the skin that covers the expander in question because, as the surgeon put it, "that's Leo's future."