Archives for: June 2009

Bethesda Update, 2nd Day

by claudia

We have heard from so many people through the site and are so touched by how far reaching this news has spread. Matt is in good hands here and we are being well taken care of, too. Dale, Carolyn and I have also talked about how nice it was to reconnect with family and friends in Michigan a couple of weeks ago and how much it helps to know all the people who are concerned for Matt and praying for him. We are taking a little break in the waiting room right now because the nurses needed to run some tests and we should be able to see him again around 4:00. We are seeing little signs of improvement and plan to post a full update later today.

From Carolyn:

They are giving Matt little "sedation vacations" today. About every four hours or so they will continue to take him off sedation (although he's still on some pain meds) for about 10-15 minutes to see what kind of response they can get. Although he's opened his eyes before, today he seemed to really be aware of us, and would try to look at us, follow us, squeeze hands, and use his eyes to communicate. It was uplifting to see him moving around so much after seeing him completely out of it for so long, but heartbreaking at the same time to see him so uncomfortable.

Matt's friend Casey found an article today about Matt and his fellow Marines; http://www.fortmilltimes.com/106/story/628811.html. His friends are working on getting it into the Tualatin Times on Thur. and the Oregonian on Mon. possibly.

Just want to take a second to say how AMAZING everyone here has been; the doctors have been very caring and great at communicating, the Marines have basically led us from door to door - getting us everything we could possibly need inbetween, and we have met so many people affiliated with different support groups that have really reached out to us. Matt is clearly in very good hands, and in a difficult situation we really couldn't ask for a better group of people.

From Carolyn:

Tomorrow Matt goes in for more surgery, its mostly prevention and cleanup for now. The doctors told us to expect him to go in every 48 hours for a little while. While he's in the O.R. we are going to be meeting with another family; they're son is basically in the same situation as Matt and he is a Marine as well who is actually in the same Company as Matt. I guess he has similar injuries, but about 2 weeks "ahead" of where Matt is. It will be nice to connect with another family going through a similar experience and hopefully inspiring as well.

From Carolyn:

The outpouring of love, good thoughts, and prayers have been absolutely amazing. We have never doubted the support that we've had from our friends, family and loved ones, but to feel everyone's genorosity in this way is incredible. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, because I know that we would not have made it this far without love, support and prayer. When we first got into Germany we were told that Matt's chances were not good and that people with his kind of injuries did not go further than where he was... But since then we've made it farther than most and I believe that he is stronger than the average 'Joe', and Matt continues to amaze and surprise me :)

Bethesda Update, 1st Day

by manager

From Carolyn:
I think last night was the first actual full night of sleep for all of us. His surgeries for today are for the doctors here to look at his injuries, wash them out and see what they're fully dealing with, and I believe they're going to try to patch some stuff up today. (sorry, its kind of vague... we're not completely clear ourselves)

He'll be seen by a lot of different surgeons today as well; orthopedic, plastic, list goes on and on. I think they're going to take a look at his arm as well (several fractures on his left arm).

Going to Bethesda on Sunday

by manager

Matt's surgery and dialysis both went well today and he is still scheduled to fly to Maryland on Sunday. The surgeons were able to close some wounds to his bladder and he is responding well. Although Matt is still heavily sedated he has been opening his eyes a little today and we hope he is aware that we are here with him. Unless something changes overnight, Dale will fly with him, and Carolyn and Claudia will be leaving around the same time on a commercial flight.

Matt had a visitor today. Brian Mignano, the father of Matt's good friend Kyle, works in Nuremburg just a few hours away and was able to come by for a little while today. He came up to see Matt then took the three of us out to dinner in down town Landstuhl. We are not sure if Matt was aware of his visit but we will be sure to tell Matt about his visit once he is out of sedation.

We'll let you know how the flight goes and update you from Bethesda when we get settled in there.

Thank you again for all of your prayers.

The Lembke's

Grateful Thanks

by manager

We are so grateful to you and many others who have added Matt to their prayer group. The prayers and God's healing hand are what he needs most right now.

Claudia

Dear Family & Friends

by manager

Just a quick update. We arrived in Frankfurt, Germany this morning and were met by two Marines at the gate. They took us directly to the hospital in Landstuhl to have a quick meeting with the doctors and then to see Matt. He is stable for now with good vitals but he has extensive abdominal injuries which are still being assessed. He is still heavily sedated and will probably remain that way until he gets to Bethesda. If all goes well he is scheduled to be on a military transport plane on Sunday and Dale will most likely accompany him on that trip. Claudia & Carolyn will most likely fly back on a commercial plane. The medical staff here is top notch and are taking good care of him. We are staying at temporary family housing right on the base just a short walk to the hospital. We have been told there is a similar set up at Bethesda. Matt has a long road ahead to recovery but we know that with the love and support of family and friends, and with his strength and fortitude, he will get better. Thank you for your prayers and we will continue to update.

The Lembke Family

Dear Friends

by manager

Dear friends,

Some of you have already heard that we received some sad news on our son yesterday. He was severely injured in an IED explosion while on patrol in Now Zad, Afghanistan. He has been moved to a hospital in Germany and will soon be transported most likely to Bethesda in Maryland by Friday. His vitals are good for now but unfortunately he has had his left leg amputated below the knee and his right leg amputated above the knee. Dale, Carolyn and I will be leaving either tomorrow or Friday to meet him there.

We are overwhelmed by the love, prayers and support of family and friends from coast to coast. So many people have asked what they can do and for now your prayers are much appreciated. We will try to keep everyone updated on his condition as we hear of it.

Claudia

My Sister Claudia's son Matt

by manager

Hi everyone,

It seems I am always asking for prayers. Today I ask for prayers for my sister Claudia and her family. Claudia's son Matt was in a bad explosion in Afghanistan. I don't have a lot of information right now, but I understand it looks like he will lose his legs. Claudia and Dale and Carolyn will need prayers to give them the strength they will need to be strong for Matt. And Matt will need our prayers because he will have so much to endure and overcome.

Mary Beth

Welcome to "Dateline Matt"

by manager

Family and friends unite in support of Matt and his family as they deal with the heroic military action in Afghanistan in June 2009. This site has been developed to seal and bond the gestures of support, love, prayer and friendship from all across the United States. This blog is available for continued and ongoing expressions of love and support for Matt and his family through this very emotional time. Join with us in our united prayers for total rehabilitation and return to good health.

Matt suffered internal injuries and has lost both legs.