Saturday, November 15, 2008

Another quick update

I just got back from being with Rob. The dr told me that they found a stone in his gall bladder. He says the stone was not there when they had opened him up and looked at it before but with all the blood he's received, it's not uncommon for him to get a stone. Anyways, they also noticed some inflammation from the tubes coming off the liver. This could be from the stone putting pressure on it. So, tomorrow they are going to do a scope on him and try to get all the "back junk" out of the liver. This will help with his jaundice, urine, and platelets. They will do this by either making a slit in the muscle for it to drain or by putting in a stent. At this point they are not worried about taking the stone out of the gallbladder. He said later on when Rob is able if he wants to have an elective gallbladder removal, that's fine but this is not the time for it now! So please pray that they will be able to clear that up tomorrow morning when they do the scope. THANKS!!!


Maggie45 said...

No thanks necessary, Dena. I am so grateful for you and Rob, and your family, and all our military and their families. Prayers being said.

Kuhlman's said...

Every time I read an update, I am amazed at how strong you are. You are a soldier yourself. It's so good to hear all the progress that's being made. I'm so happy you get to have your girls there with you on Thanksgiving. I'm sure you're anxious to see them. Remeber to take care of yourself. We continue to pray daily. Love you, Kasey.

Andrea e Isabella said...

Dena, thanks for the update, my family and i still praying all days for Rob´s condition. Hang in ... You are a really wonderfull woman Rob is so lucky to have you, God is with all of you..

Kim Decker said...

I can't imagine Rob electing to do ANOTHER surgery. Definitely not if it would interfere in any way with wakeboard season :)

Glad to hear that today is another day of moving forward. My heart is still right there with you, Dena. Hang tough!


Rosie said...

WOW 2 updates in one day, NOW that's more like it. I WAS worried yesterday.
1 little stone is nothing compared to what Rob has been going through. IF you saw in his eyes that he was mad, YOU know him best. I AM confident that he's up to speed and that's a great sign.
You are a rock Dena, but it's ok to cry if you need to, a good cry is good for you. KEEP up the humor too, that's alway helpful and it will help you get through the day as well.
AS always, YOU all are in my prayers.
Love Rose

onealboys said...

Keep taking him all of our love and prayers everyday. You' re never far from our thoughts. All of us here at Ft Hood are praying for Rob's recovery! You are doing great Dena!

Missie (Brittney's friend)

Nancy said...

I love when we have specific things to pray for. We've got you guys in our thoughts, and will look for more info tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

I am sending more and more
prayers all day long and with
each day of news you write.

Thank you for sharing with us
Dena. God bless your precious
husband as he recovers, and you!

Joan Krause

spc jones,dustin &family said...

glade to here he is doing better. my husben has been having me up date him on rob we send our prayers and our always thinking of you guys thanks for keeping us up dated.
praying everyday
spc jones and family

Love from MN said...

Rob and Dena
Keep the faith and patience. Our prayers continue and our belief in God's plan. Rob has a long road ahead and his body is working hard. I keep thinking his brain might not be ready yet to "wake up". That he's showing emotion is great and that his eyes are no longer a blank stare, super news.......keep giving him the positive comments. He is amazingly strong in will and spirit. If there's a way, he has the will. I think his liver will probably appreciate the cleaning.

Dena, thank you for your continued information. Make sure you are getting the support you need. That goes for Barb and Otto too... All of you are under an extreme amount of emotional stress and I want the clergy and counselors to help all of you during this time.

Keep up the Faith, Love and Hope

Love Aunt Julie(Schott)Davidson

Mark said...

To Barb,

Just want you to know that you and the family are in the prayers of many of us who work or volunteer at Metro Community College.

Que Dios les bendiga y de su paz.

Mark Stiemann
(volunteer, Saturday mornings, ESL program)

Nicole said...

May your Faith in GOD keep you strong...

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8 NIV

Prayerfully yours,
Nicole Stokes
(Co-worker of Beth Soechting)

Joyce Winfield said...


When I feel helpless because we can't be with you and do more for you and Rob, then I know it's time to say another prayer. When I looked at your blog tonight, there had been 26,639 visitors. Can you imagine if all those people are praying every day as often as I am!! Whatever you need all us as your prayer warriors to pray about, you just say the word. I've told you before that you have a captive audience. You may be at the front line, but we all are your reinforcements. You say the word, Dena, and immediately the prayers are offered to our almighty and loving God. I need to quit typing because it's time to pray again!

Much love,
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Doug

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Battle Update Briefs (BUB)!! "Rangers Lead the Way!"

Paddy said...


There are many, many people out there who willing Rob to make a good recovery. That belief is tangible and can only do good.

Has Rob had any of his favourite music played to him? It is recognised that gentle/classical music can be very beneficial in reaching into the mind of loved ones who are in a coma.

The Bender's said...

We are so grateful the doctors/nurses have found this quickly again and will be able to give Rob more comfort physically. You are doing a great job emotionally for him, actually for all of us! :) Remember to take some time to rest for yourself!

We are praying!

Love to all,
Karen and Craig

Ardi and Mike said...

Hey Dena,
Just wanted you to know we are still with you in thought and prayer. Thank you for all the detailed updates on Rob. I know you must be physically and emotionally drained. You have two special and beautiful daughters you'll be seeing soon so just keep hanging in there and know you have thousands of prayers on your behalf. Eva has such a great smile and laugh and Julia is not only a cutie, but is enjoyable to talk with. We enjoyed them both this past June while visiting Brittney and Braedon.
Know you are loved and prayed for,
Ardi and Mike

Liz said...

Praying the scope helps out. Thinking of you all today.

Paige Tyler said...

Good Morning Dena and Rob!
When reading that you said Rob was mad, I could hear him Dena!!=) I could totally imagine what he would be saying. I always replay in my head what he would say to Keith when those two would yank each other's chains. He is definitely feisty and has the fighter spirit. I will pray that this surgery will heal this liver issue and that he can keep his gallbladder. I am going to go over to your house today, so I will email you later with mail updates.

Long-time RN said...

Thoughts and prayers for you both. I'm with Nancy, thanks for specifics to be lifted in prayer.

Jackie Fjell said...

Good morning Dena--thanks for the TWO updates yesterday!! I look at Rob's "anger" as a good sign--he's so close to coming completely awake! I pray the procedure today will work wonders to cleanse his body even further! Thanksgiving is less than two weeks and you'll both be able to see those sweet daughters of yours--that will be amazing! Keep the faith and take care of YOU, too! Love & Prayers--Jackie & Joe

Trish said...

Dena, I'm sure you've been told this already, but many people are walking around with gallstones, and don't even know it - I have a Large, Mobile gallstone, however, my surgeon said there's no need to do an invasive procedure since I'm not displaying any symptoms - so, hang in there - and keep PRAYING - I am SO proud of you!!

Hugs and Love,
Trish Benefield
Rome, Georgia

Anonymous said...

Dena -

Prayers continue to go up from Georgia for Rob and for you and your family. I am so encouraged to hear that he is responding to things that you say. I am praying for the tubes to come out soon and for the surgeries to come to an end. Hang in there. Every day when I log on to find out how he is doing, there is improvement. Keep smiling and know that so many people care and are pulling for you now.

Carol Dzurenko

Wendell said...

We are PRAYING...Let us know how he does today! Power of prayer!!!
Love yeah!
Uncle Wendell

JoAnne Bartek said...

Dena: Uncle Steve, Ashley and I have been out of state since Thursday and it was so hard on me not able to check your blog. Aunt Joyce has filled me in through phone calls so I knew what to pray for. I was overcome with joy to see that Rob is making eye contact and following you with his eyes. We continue to praise God for every positive step and to pray for continued improvement.
Aunt Jo, Uncle Steve, Brooke & Ashley

Anonymous said...

Dear Captain Yllesecas and Dena,
I am the mother of 2LT Lorenz. Chad
has looked up to and respected Rob since knowing him
this past summer at Ft. Hood, and on into Afghanistan. It is a privilege to follow these heartfelt updates.

As I am focused on God as my helper through my fight against our enemy and ovarian cancer, may I share with you some encouragement?

David is my favorite model of how to live through times like these, when I am so thankful for his life's demonstrated character, and for Psalms. First off, He recognized and boldly stated: "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God." (1 Samuel 17:26b) This statement regroups my thoughts to remember that, although our enemy desires to do us harm, he is certainly dealing with our Mightier Power, with Whom we say, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Also, Dena, it is good and natural to be angry at our enemy. But I warn at times, family members, including Rob, may fall to anger & therefore hurtful remarks, (just like David experienced in 1 Samuel 17:28-29). Just remember that those remarks are the result of pain and lies, and are NOT coming from God. You must put them aside, like David did, and go on with what the Holy Spirit leads.

Next, I love vs 32: "David said to Saul, 'Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine: your servant will go and fight him." Rob and Dena, you both have an enemy to fight: Satan wants to keep you down with despair. I challenge you, remember to keep up the good fight as a servant of the Lord. God will grow you through this, and your testimony will grow others. Onward Christian soldiers!

Last, I love vs. 45: "You come against me with a sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." You know the victory that followed with the mere earthly weapons of a sling shot and stone, but backed by our Creator's supernatural weapons. How I desire such victory for you both! Keep seeking Him and you will keep finding Him as your Partner! Morning, day, and night I've watched for Him, and have found Him truly to be a mighty provider and encouraging consult!

I'm thankful for Rob's character and service. I'm thankful to Dena for her perseverance with the beautifully delivered updates.m Dena. What gifts to
the readers, ultimately resulting in more encouragement and prayers to God.

Best wishes in Christ,
MaryDell Lorenz, Dallas area