Thursday, April 22, 2010

Urgent Update

Hey y'all. This is going to be quick, but Ethan, Jeramie, and I are in need of your prayers. We brought Ethan to the Duke ER last night with, what looked like, an infection in his left index finger (the numb one).

It progressed quickly (within hours) and it was decided that Ethan would be admitted. An x-ray showed that the infection had moved into the tip of the bone, which pretty much guaranteed some heavy-duty IV antibiotics.

I've not done the greatest job updating the blog lately, so most of you probably don't even know that he was scheduled for surgery next Thursday to repair the nerve damage in his hand. Unfortunately, that wasn't soon enough.

Ethan is currently in the OR; Jeramie walked him down about 45 minutes ago. The plan is to go ahead and do the surgery that was scheduled for next week. The median nerve will either be grafted back together (if it's lacerated) or de-compressed. This should restore feeling in Ethan's hand and finger within a couple of weeks. What WAS NOT planned is that part of his finger will be amputated in order to get rid of most of the infection. This is so, so serious. The infection is ugly, and is spreading QUICKLY.

Please, please pray for the surgeons right now. Pray that Ethan's median nerve function will be completely restored. Pray that the infection will be stopped, and that the majority of it will be removed. Pray that the surgeons will be able to save the majority of Ethan's finger, protecting the functionality of it all.

Pray, pray, pray.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm praying Joye!!
"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of them! The LORD your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 1:36

Faith M. said...

I'm praying!

Scott said...

Praying for healing, that the infection doesn't spread, wisdom for the docs, and peace for all of you.

Stefenie said...

Joye,
I am PRAYING, praying and praying some more! Hang in there! I'm here if you need me!

Lisa said...

Praying.....

Anonymous said...

Joye, I heard about Ethan today from my sis. I hope all goes well. It is so sad, but we will be praying for you all. He has been through so much in his young life. May God Bless you all at this time. Love you. Aunt Pat

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