Monday, November 3, 2008
3rd day with Rob
As of last night, Rob's lactic acid level had decreased some but today, they went up a little more. In surgery yesterday, they didn't really see anything of concern. They did scrape off a little dead tissue from his lower extremities but his abdomen looked good. Sometimes they're worried that his bowels could become necrotic, but thankfully, his look good. Yesterday we were also struggling to keep his temperatures down. He's been running temps between 99-102. When I saw him today, his temps were remaining stable between 99-100. He is currently in another surgery right now. Almost daily they take him back and wash out his wounds to make sure there is no debris left in them. They were also going to revise the amputation in this right ring finger and try to shape the bone better. They also said the middle finger on the same hand is looking a little gray so they may have to take the tip of that off, too. Today they are also going to try to pin that hip that is fractured. It depends on how his pressures do. The thing that is so discouraging is that they have to keep him sedated. They don't want him too agitated because that can affect his healing process. So yesterday evening, he slept and didn't make anymore movements. Today was also the same. Even though people have told me this is going to be a very long, SLOW process, it's still hard to wrap yourself around that. I just want him to wake up, jump out of bed, throw his legs on, and go about his way. But, I know it's not that simple. My heart absolutely aches for him. I feel completely helpless. He is torn up all the way from his head down to his legs. I wish I could take the pain and hurt away. Even if he would just wake up and I could talk to him would make me feel better. It was one week ago yesterday when I last spoke to him. If only I knew..... It's amazing how much you cherish such a simple phone call. Today it's 4 months since he deployed. Never ever did I think I'd be here. I know Rob and I will get through this, it's just that we're going to have to travel down a very difficult, emotional road to get there. Whenever I see Rob, I always tell him that his soldiers are fine. No one else was hurt. Because even though he's going through this, if he had to choose between himself or one of his soldiers in this position, he would be exactly where he's at. Rob is an amazing person. The people that care about Rob are to infinity. You don't realize until a tragedy like this happens, how many people Rob has left impressions on. More than ever, I'm truly honored to be his wife. Please, please keep praying. I'll update again after surgery and if they're still planning on flying him tomorrow.
Posted by Dena Yllescas at 8:13 AM