"Popcorn" is the nickname we gave to our incredibly active son. If you spent 2 minutes with him, you will easily understand the meaning of the nickname. The Chinese Noodle is the affectionate nickname we chose for our hoped for Daughter-to-Be, who may one day come to us in the LORD's perfect time from China.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 3 Sarah update

Again I thank everyone sincerely for prayers on behalf of Sarah and my family. I have received information
regarding Sarah's health status from multiple sources, and the following is my understanding of the challenges she will face in the coming days and weeks. Two of the fingers on Sarah's right hand were torn off in the accident. They were not recovered. She will live the rest of her life with only her right thumb and
first and second fingers on her right hand. Much of the skin and some of the muscles of her right forearm were scraped off in the slide across the freeway after Sarah was ejected from the Ford Explorer.
Unfortunately, she was not wearing her seatbelt. One of the main arteries of Sarah's right arm was completel severed, and she lost at least 18 units of blood. Her right forearm and hand are not being perfused (circulation) as they normally would, and she is at risk of amputation of her right hand (Sarah is right handed).
Sarah will need multiple skin grafts before her right hand and forearm are healed completely. Skin from
her neck and back and right forehead were also abraded in the accident. Several of Sarah's thoracic vertebrae were fractured, and her posterior pelvis was shattered. She remains in traction in the ICU today, and was taken to surgery for some preliminary repairs to her right hand and forearm this morning. Her left arm was also fractured, but has not been re-set to date.

All of this is incredibly overwhelming to me, and to members of my family. However, we see glimmers of God's Hand of Hope in the reports...
Sarah is able to move her arms slightly, and moves her toes very slightly when asked to do so. She has opened her eyes and tried to speak (she is intubated and on the ventilator) on several occasions. My Father, Curtis, and Debbie have experienced many difficulties together in the past, and have always maintained a close and strong relationship throughout the challenges of the past. They lean on each other and trust each other.

I am glad they are there together now. My mother is keeping the Home Fires burning presently, but will join them (or swap off with my Father) when the time is right. I praise our GOD for these evidences of His Care and Love. I beg Him to bring ALL of my family to a SAVING FAITH in the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Please pray most avidly for this... that something marvelous would come of this, specifically
that the prodigals will come HOME to our MOST HOLY FATHER GOD! This is my first and most ardent prayer, and has been for 22 years. Please join me!

"GOD is our Refuge and our Strength, a very Present help in time of trouble." --Psalm 46:1

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