Beloved Family and Friends,
I have decided to share the updates on our daughter, AJ, via a more public platform as there are many people whom we know and don’t know that are praying for her. The text, email, and Facebook outlets are limited for those we are not readily connected with to share the updates.
First, we want to thank you for being on this journey of life, redemption, hope and the promises of our God with us. He is good! He is faithful!
This morning I read the following verses and drew some great strength from them, I hope they do the same for you wherever you are at today, and in life.
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” ~Psalm 27:13-14
I did not know how much I would need to be encouraged by them this morning and today. But, God knew we would need these verses. AJ had her hand/arm wound irrigated today with the possibility of extracting flesh from her thigh to be placed in her wound. She had a relatively good night of rest and peace from too much severity of pain. We were thankful. However, when she awoke this morning they had placed a contraption beneath her leg that would elevate it and keep it stable during this procedure. I have included a picture below to show what they had placed in her leg prior to the contraption they put under her leg for her procedure today. This is called a traction and it is used to help keep her pelvic area aligned correctly. She has a rod that goes through her tibia, and a bow that is tied, like a pulley to the 20 lbs. of weight. This is why they had to put the temporary contraption for her procedure, and it was very painful to disassemble the other and replace it with the temporary one. She is in relatively normal spirits for what she is going through, and it’s a lot! She doesn’t quite understand the full purpose in it all, but we have assured her that God will reveal its greater purpose in the end.
Her surgery went well this morning. They only irrigated it and chose to hold off on the “flap procedure” until sometime next week, and after the pelvic procedure she is scheduled for on Monday. The doctor said that there is still some dirt that needs to be pulled out, and they had to cut away some dead skin. They need to assure that all is clean before they do the “flap procedure.” They cannot do a skin graft because her tendons are exposed and she would be unable to have mobility in her hands if they just did a skin graft. Therefore, they will be doing a flap procedure in which they remove muscle from her front thigh area, to the area of her wound. Then, they will do a skin graft on the area that they removed the flap. She is getting a hair washing to remove the dry blood from her head and scalp. We know she will appreciate feeling cleaner after this is done!
In all, she is holding up fine and, while she cannot see it just yet as we have witnessed it, the greater work in her life is touching the lives of so many others. I leaned over her before we left for the OR and said, “I’m so proud of you. You inspire me and so many others to live. That inspiration in life began many years ago and God is still using it to show me His love and what’s truly important in life; God, loving ourselves, and loving the blessed ones in our lives.” We have truly learned to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
Thank you once again for being such an incredible support and lifting our family in prayer!