Sunday, March 22, 2015
We had been so hopeful that the very last surgery that took place on February 16, 2015 would be his last. Unfortunately, we are heartbroken to still be dealing with another fistula or two in his belly as a complication from the frequent surgeries and the complexities of his many medical procedures. It has been concluded that these leakages from his abdomen have not stopped as of yet. Once the surgeons are able to maintain control of the leaking into his abdomen, Chris will no longer need to go to the OR for wash outs every 48 hours, which he has done courageously since Feb. 16th. But we are not there yet. If this can be achieved, we hope to be be returning home for "bowel rest" with some of the same woundcare, dressings and daily care that we came in with and hoped to reverse.
The surgeons and nurses at Wellstar have given 110%, especially with the unique and traumatic nature of his injuries and his inability to tolerate any more surgeries for now. We must wait again, perhaps for another year, for healing either here at the hospital or at home before they will be able to operate again and try to eliminate the fistulas.
We are so encouraged and thankful for your letters, comments and support. We are both so very exhausted, but with the support of our family, friends and the community, I am going to be able to be right where I am needed most right now, with him.
With love and gratitude
Jamie Lynn & Christopher
Friday, March 13, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Friday, February 27, they attempted to patch the leak and Chris was woken up again from his coma. He struggled once again to get back on his feet, but kept fighting. It was harder the second time around. He began walking, trying to eat solid food, and kept pushing through his pain.
The surgeons told us they hoped there were no more planned surgeries after Feb. 27. Chris kept doing what the doctors ordered and kept moving forward. That following Friday, March 6th, it was determined that the same troublesome area of the colon was leaking again. Chris was taken back to the OR, his 32nd surgery. When he came out of surgery, the surgeons told us that there was nothing else they could do - he was "inoperable" again for another year. The leak happened again, and Chris will now be sent home with some of the same woundcare as before, until they can operate again. The pain he has endured over and over is unimaginable, and watching him go through it again has taken a toll on our families. Pray for the "village" that it takes to get Chris back on his feet every time he's knocked back down. We are heartbroken and feeling so crushed because our expectations of Chris being healthy again have been shattered.
Many people have asked what they can do for us during this time - and we simply answer that prayers and financial assistance are the only options right now. With possible litigation in the future, we know that our lives are going to continue to be stressed in all areas, and we thank you all for the support that you all give to us daily.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015
Romans 5:3-5 ESV
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.