Friday, November 28, 2008

unhappy thanksgiving

Just a few short hours after my thanksgiving post (below), we had a major accident happen in our little family. My husband was trying to open a jar of pickles when all of a sudden the glass shattered and sliced his hand wide open. I'd never seen anything like it before in real life. The cut was quite deep and he needed a trip to the Emergency Room right away. This all took place around 10:00 Thanksgiving day morning. His parents were able to stay with him in the ER until I could get my parents situated to take care of Ethan and then I was able to go up there to the hospital and be with him. He ended up cutting one of the arteries in his hand and the laceration went all the way down to the bone. The laceration goes from the end of his index finger all the way down to his thumb. The initial ER doctor thought that the artery had clotted itself, so he didn't want to tamper with it until a hand surgeon could take a look at it - however, no hand surgeons are available until Monday. So he did a light stitching to keep the wound/skin closed and sent us on our way back home around 3:00 that afternoon. Within an hour of us being home, the wound ruptured again and Adam was bleeding profusely.

Back to the ER we had to go.

They took out the stitches and decided to tie off some of the veins that were bleeding and ended up re-stitching him in a much more detailed fashion. We were finally able to go back home around 8:30 that night. Needless to say, it was not a fun day. And my poor husband... he's on quite a heavy dose of pain medications and his left hand/arm is not at all functional at this point. So he's not able to do a lot of basic things right now. He has an appointment with a hand surgeon Monday afternoon, however, I will be going to Boston for Ethan's follow up appointment. His parents will be able to take him (he's not allowed to drive right now) and I'm very sad I won't be able to be with him.

Please pray that the appointment goes well and that the doctor will be thorough and have wisdom for next steps. We're not sure the severity of the damage or how long the recovery will be, or whether or not he will need surgery to repair the artery, etc. Please also pray for Adam's pain to decrease over the next several days and that God's favor and blessing would be with Adam's overall healing. The immediate prayer need is that the wound remains stable over the weekend until he is seen by the specialist on Monday.

Things are a bit challenging for us right now, as he's not able to help with Ethan (pick him up, hold him, feed him, change diapers, etc.) and he's not able to do some basic things for himself or around the house. He's in good spirits, but he's very anxious to see what lies ahead in the coming weeks/months after talking to the specialist on Monday. We would greatly appreciate your prayers over this situation, in addition to Ethan's on-going needs (rash still on his face & slightly worse today).

Thank you in advance for your prayers.... we appreciate them and you.

Trusting the Lord... day by day.


Lori, Landon and Logan said...

I'm so sorry Kasey! Praying for Adam and you as well!

RejoicingComet said...

Oh, wow...what an eventful day. I will be praying for all of you, Kasey! *hugs*

Following Him said...

Prayers go out to Adam, Ethan, and all who need them. Hope he stays stable.

Carrie Comstock said...

Oh, goodness!! I am so sorry. I am praying that things remain stable throughout the weekend and that he has a productive appointment on Monday. Please keep us updated.

Moz + Pam said...

As always praying for all 3 of you!

Honea Household said...

I am so sorry! How terrible and scary. I'll be praying!

Linsey said...

What a crappy day! I hope you guys were still able to enjoy some turkey!

huntsouth said...

Praise the Lord that Adam still has his finger! A trial, though heavy, is just a trial at/of Thanksgiving. This is only a test.
We will pray for your pain and your healing, Adam. How good God still is! So many nearby loved ones to help in any way---
God comfort you. Love the Hunts

Anonymous said...

Hi, when I was 13yrs old I had a similar episode happen to me...the doctor in the ER did the same kind of
suturing that it seems Adam has ...I
had to have one surgery and have basically know sensation of my thumb
and index finger.... I am now 49yrs
old and have learn to adapt to the
loss of sensation I am a RN and can
work fine etc...I am sure modern medicine has come along way and I am sure Adam will do well.

tbonegrl said...

sending prayers your way!