Sunday, November 2, 2008
Second day with Rob
I just came from being with Rob. I have a few updates. First of all, Rob looks so much better than he did yesterday. His face was not nearly as swollen. He also had a smaller c-collar on so I could actually see his face better. It was so good to get a better look at that handsome face. He has stitches on his left eyebrow and stitches on his chin right below his lower lip. Besides that, his face looks great. Also, he was scheduled to fly to the states today. We had our bags on the bird (me, Barb, and my mom are able to fly with Rob) and the flight team in the room. However, we knew there was a chance that he may not go today. Yesterday his lactic acid level was high. They wanted to monitor him during the night and redraw the lab today. When they got the results, the levels had risen some more. They would like the levels to be less than 2 and his today was 6.5. They are not for sure what is causing this so they are taking him back to surgery today. Basically, something inside of him is not getting perfused adequately. If this goes on untreated, it could become life threatening. So, they are going to go in and look in his abdomen and leg wounds again to see if there is a possible infection or perfusion problem and take care of it as needed. The next flight to the states will be on Tuesday. So, depending on how he does between now and then will determine if we fly Tuesday. The other update is really quite exciting. They told us this morning that he had been quiet during the night and did not move. However, when I walked into the room and started talking to him, you could see his eyes moving behind his lids and he started moving his shoulders!!!! I couldn't believe it! I talked to him about the girls and he would move them even more. He even had tears coming from his eyes when Barb and I spoke to him. I asked him to squeeze my fingers and he would ever so slightly. The neuro dr came in and examined him and said that with everything he's been through, things are just going to take time. I told him to try to open his eyes. You could see him moving his shoulders up and down like he was trying to get them to open. You can only imagine how heavy is eyes are. They did have to sedate him a little when they thought we were flying, so he did go back to sleep for awhile. But right before we left him so he could go to surgery, I started rubbing his cheeks and forehead with my fingers and he again fluttered his eyes and moved his shoulders! This is such exciting news. I know it's baby steps but anything positive like this is HIGHLY encouraging! So, please keep praying that they will find what's causing his levels to be high and be able to fix the problem and that his neuro status continues to improve. God is good and He will provide. I will update again after surgery.
Posted by Dena Yllescas at 6:42 AM