Matthew out of the hospital!

Thank you for praying for us and for your patience in waiting for an update. Yesterday was a very eventful day, so I never had time to write an update. Matthew was discharged from the hospital yesterday (Wednesday, 3/4) at 2 p.m. PST. Hallelujah! He had been in the hospital for 46 days, so thisContinue reading “Matthew out of the hospital!”

Pray requests for Matthew including pain management & hospital discharge

Thank you for your continued prayers for Matthew and us. He is scheduled to be discharged from UCSF Medical Center on Tuesday. However, that can only happen if his pain can be managed at that time as an outpatient, without an IV, and assuming that his amputation wound heals. Please pray for both of thoseContinue reading “Pray requests for Matthew including pain management & hospital discharge”

Matthew’s amputation surgery over

Thank you to all who have been faithfully praying for Matthew. His surgery went well. There were no complications or excess blood loss; he did not need a transfusion. The surgeons performed an elbow disarticulation amputation. That means that they separated and removed the forearm from the upper arm at the elbow joint. In otherContinue reading “Matthew’s amputation surgery over”

Matthew’s amputation surgery at noon PST

In a few minutes, Matthew will be taken down to prepare for surgery, which is scheduled in an hour for noon PST. They will be amputating part of his left arm, but they will not know how much of the arm until they begin the operation and find out the condition of the dead tissue.Continue reading “Matthew’s amputation surgery at noon PST”

Amputation scheduled for Friday noon

Matthew and I met with the head doctor this morning. Unfortunately, due to muscle and tissue death in Matthew’s forearm, they will not be able to save his hand and most of his forearm. He is scheduled to have surgery for amputation on Friday, sometime around noon or 1 pm California time at UCSF. TheContinue reading “Amputation scheduled for Friday noon”

Prayer requests for Matthew; pray for wisdom for his doctors

Last night I moved into the church cottage in downtown San Francisco which is two miles from Matthew’s hospital, and today I returned the rental car to the airport. I have begun filling out paperwork for the insurance claim for when I backed the rental car into a concrete support at the parking garage. ItContinue reading “Prayer requests for Matthew; pray for wisdom for his doctors”

Waiting for next step for Matthew’s hand and arm

I didn’t write an update yesterday, since I was Sabbath-ing, taking the day away, while Jonathan spent the day with Matthew. Today, Matthew’s pain has been low for the most part, usually 2/10 or 3/10, for which we are thankful. The new medications are working very well. Occupational therapy has been doing a lot ofContinue reading “Waiting for next step for Matthew’s hand and arm”

Uneventful day for Matthew

Today was, thankfully, a pretty uneventful day for Matthew. His pain was low most of the day. It seems like the new medication is working quite well. Tomorrow, the occupational therapists will work with him to exercise his elbow and shoulder on his damaged arm to keep the joints mobile. Jonathan will be hanging outContinue reading “Uneventful day for Matthew”

Pray for Matthew’s doctors

Matthew’s pain was lower last night but has been very high today. They are starting him on a different medication and adding a long-lasting pain patch. The doctors came by this morning and spoke with Matthew. They told him that some more muscle tissue might also have died, but on the other side of hisContinue reading “Pray for Matthew’s doctors”

Matthew’s surgery; discouraging news

Today’s surgery for Matthew brought us some bad news. They went in to debride (remove) dead muscle, which had caused his skin graft to fail on part of his forearm, but they found much more dead tissue than they had expected. No skin graft can be done there until there is healthy muscle underneath, andContinue reading “Matthew’s surgery; discouraging news”