As many of you now know, Robbie was involved in a very serious accident today in which he was hit by a truck while riding his bike.
This morning was very, very tense as his injuries were being assessed and plans were being made for his care. He was eventually helicoptered to The Med in Memphis (a precious sign of God’s providence that I can explain later) and taken to their trauma unit.
I will admit that this day has been the scariest day of my life. Ten years ago I found myself in the ICU of Children’s Hospital with our sweet daughter. To have my husband lying in the bed this time has been more than I thought I could handle. After the Lord Jesus, Robbie is everything to me. We met as teenagers and married as young adults. He is the greatest blessing in my life and is the best husband and father that anyone could have. I am so humbled and amazed that God would give me such a gift.
Right now I am staying with precious friends in Collierville for the night. Robbie is stable and will be sedated in order to rest. My kids are with my parents. Rob’s parents will be coming back in the morning. The outpouring of prayers, calls, texts, and visits have once again overwhelmed us. I don’t know how we will ever be able to thank all of you enough. Please know that “we thank our God upon every rememberance of you!” ( Phil. 1:3).
Here is where Robbie stands as of tonight (actually early this morning):
- A fractured pelvis which is going to need surgical repair, but is not as severe as was thought initially.
- A fractured hip (sorry, can’t remember which side) which has broken fragments of bone imbedded inside. This will require surgery to remove the bone fragments and repair the hip with a little ‘hardware.’
- A lacerated kidney which has some bleeding and that they are watching.
- Some vertebrae injuries in his lower back – lumbar region – these are not looking like they will require any surgery, but he will be in a “tortise shell” brace for awhile.
- A broken toe on his left foot.
- A deep cut to his back.
Here’s what I would ask you to pray for:
- First, thank our merciful Father for His grace and protection. Even though Robbie is very seriously injured, it could have been so much worse, even fatal. God graciously spared his life.
- Please pray for the man who hit him. I don’t know his name, but the police said he is very upset. We forgive him. It was a terrible accident.
- Robbie’s cut to his back is serious and needs to stay clean to prevent infection. The hard part is that moving him is challenging and excruciating for him. Please pray that this cut will heal rapidly and that no infection will set in.
- He has a pin in his right leg and it is in traction in order to take pressure of his hip. Please pray that it will do what they need it to for his hip.
- His kidney is of the most concern right now. Please pray that it will begin to function again and stop any bleeding.
- Please pray that the surgery(ies) that he will face will be smooth and without complications. Pray that the bone fragments will be successfully removed and that his pelvis will be repaired beautifully.
- Pray that the vertebrae that are involved will heal normally and perfectly.
- Pray for his toe – it hurts 🙂
Robbie has been coherent the entire day. He has been such a wonderful patient. We are so grateful to all of our friends in the medical field who have gone out of their way today in order to give Rob the wonderful care he has received. He wants you all to know that he is awed and humbled by the compassion we have felt.
The kids are doing well. God is giving them the grace to trust that Daddy is doing well and that the doctors are taking very good care of him. Nevertheless, it is hard for them to be at home while I am over here. Please pray for their peace and comfort knowing that Daddy is in his heavenly Father’s hands.
I will try to update my blog when I get the chance, but I’m not sure how often that will be. This format cannot begin to communicate our overwhelming gratitude for the love that has been shown to us. Your prayers are being felt and they are carrying us. God bless you!