Monday, November 3, 2008
On our way to the states tomorrow????
I just got back from visiting Rob. He made it out of surgery great. They did have to take a little more off of each leg but they knew they were going to have to do that sometime in the future anyway. The doctors said it really wasn't much. Some of his thigh muscle in his left leg was also necrotic so they had to take some of that out, too, but they said he still had PLENTY of muscle. That's the good thing about Rob--he's extremely muscular! They also did have to take off the tip of his middle finger on the right hand due to loss of blood supply. They weren't able to pin Rob's hip b/c they didn't want him to lose too much blood with his possible flight back to the states tomorrow. His abdomen still looks really good. No problems with his bowels. His lactic acid levels decreased to 3.5 which is also really good news. We're still fighting the fevers but hopefully those will decrease in time. Rob also had a special visitor today. One of his old ROTC instructors, now LTC Danner, lives in the area and he and his wife came by and saw Rob. Even though Rob was not awake, I really think he felt him there and it will mean a lot to him later on to know that he was there. Also, one of the soldiers Rob was on a MITT team with during OIF 3, Sgt Shakespear, is also in the area and saw Rob yesterday. He recalled stories about Rob that made us laugh. My favorite is he referred to Rob as "Captain America" because he was always so gung ho! I have to say that name fits him well. To have people who Rob has been with during his military career come by and visit will mean the world to him. This evening as I was sitting with him, I busied myself with cleaning his fingers and fingernails and washing out his mouth. Being the clean freak he is, I'm sure he appreciated it. I just had to make myself feel useful! We are on schedule to fly tomorrow pending any problems. Again, Barb, my mom, and myself will all be on the flight with him. I'm anxious for him to get back to the states so we can really get this recovery rolling!!!!! Again, thank you so much for all the comments!
Posted by Dena Yllescas at 4:01 PM