We have had a good weekend. Rob’s parents brought the kids for a visit and we had a wonderful time together (I have pictures, but I’m unable to post them from the hospital network – long story). We visited with our dear friends Michael & Lori, and got a surprise visit from North Carolina – our friend Matt Woodside.
Another visit yesterday was from Johnny Favi, a co-worker of Robbie’s, along with his sister and brother-in-law. God used Johnny in an amazing way on the day of the accident. Robbie was desperately needing to be transported to a trauma center because of his injuries. He was really up against the clock to get out of Jonesboro. Twice we were told that The Med was too full to take him. UAMS in Little Rock could take him, but because of stormy weather, the helicopter couldn’t fly down there. Cape Girardeau didn’t have the right surgeons, and St. Bernard’s was on the phone with Springfield, Mo. All of a sudden, we got word that The Med was “a go.” Unbeknownst to us, Johnny had called his brother-in-law, an oncologist who is a former medical director at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. He had made a phone call to the medical director of The Med telling of Rob’s situation. The Med sent their helicopter to pick Robbie up and bring him here. We are so thankful to Johnny for making that call and thankful to his brother-in-law for his help. God truly used them to get Robbie to this wonderful trauma center.
As for the status right now, the doctors have told us that they are probably going to take him back into the operating room this week to deal with the wound in his back again. So far, every culture they have taken has been negative for infection, which is good. Their primary concern right now is with the back wound, since it is so large. They are taking it very slowly and cautiously in order to avoid infection in this area. They are still hoping to be able to release him in the near future, but everything right now is dependent on the health and healing of this wound.
Please pray this week that the back wound will continue to heal – even that it would heal more cleanly and rapidly than the doctors typically see (this wound is a slow healing one and Rob’s is large). Also, pray that it will continue to remain free from infection and dead skin. Dead skin would requre grafting, which would prolong the process. Thank you so much. We have come so far in almost 2 weeks. I will admit that sometimes the fear of infection or another problem sets in and I have to ask the Lord to help me trust Him for each moment. I would appreciate prayers for me, as well.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 4: 20-21 ESV
P.S. Please pray for Damian, our next door neighbor here. He is a young man who was hit by a tractor-trailer rig on I-40 while traveling from Texas. He, like Robbie, was spared from much more, but is still dealing with significant injuries.