Holiday Weekend, Bethesda

by claudia

Matt has had the weekend off from surgeries but will be back in the O.R. Monday morning. They have cut way back on the sedation drugs but he is still in a daze. We are so anxious to get some type of recognition out of him but he has had such a mix of drugs that he is having trouble cutting through the fog. We know we need to be patient as his body recovers from the trauma and the drugs but it's hard.

We were able to attend Mass this morning right here at the chapel at the medical center. It's funny how sometimes the readings are just what we needed to hear and today was another example of a time I felt the Word was speaking directly to me. The theme of the readings was all about faith; to consider the value of faith, the necessity of faith, if we are to expect God's work in our midst.

Independence Day 09, Bethesda

by dale

(also posted on Facebook)

Matt makes me laugh - I can't wait to get him back......soon.

Friday at Bethesda

by carolyn

I think we're all feeling a little worn down today... Matt's surgery went fine, he was in the operating room for a shorter amount of time than he has been before. Since he was operated on today, he's obviously back to being very heavily sedated. I know that it's not a step backwards - his body needs that right now - but after seeing him moving and opening his eyes a few days ago, I guess it feels like we've stalled. They did work on his left hand today. He had some fractures in two of his fingers.

Everyone around here is gearing up for 4th of July weekend and its starting to feel like a ghost town. I actually wouldn't mind it being quiet around here for the weekend - everyday we have to meet new people and it gets exhausting (everyone's very nice but all the small talk with strangers is wearing me out.) All the businesses are either closing down for the weekend, or closing early.... hmmm, wondering what we're going to do for dinner...?

Well, no actual "news" today... better luck over the weekend! :)

Bethesda, Day 4

by claudia

I was feeling pretty down this morning but when I got to the ICU we received some encouraging news. After having to wear gowns, gloves and masks each time we entered Matt's room, we were told that was no longer necessary. His numbers look good today and the high risk of infection has subsided for now. We were able to touch him without rubber gloves on. Wahoo!! It's a little thing but it meant a lot to us. The trauma team was making the rounds so we also got an update from one of the head doctors. He seemed very happy with Matt's progress today and told us he had a video conference with the doctors from Afghanistan and Landstuhl, Germany. He relayed our appreciation to the doctors there for the miraculous job they did getting Matt this far. We are also trying to get the name of the medic that virtually saved Matt's life and we will pass that info on as soon as we get it. Matt is still heavily sedated and will remain that way until after his surgery tomorrow but the plan is to lower the sedation over the weekend. Thank you for your continued prayers. They're working!

Wounded Warrior Project

by dale

(also posted on Facebook)

Wounded Warrior Project: We (my wife & I) have just become introduced to the program - unfortunately because our son was severely injured in Afghanistan last week. He is at (and will be for quite some time) at Bethesda. I look forward to information sharing and all the good that it can do for our son.

Wounded Warrior Project

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