Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day 19

Zane was pretty quiet all day today. As expected, they're keeping him very sedated after the back grafting surgery. He is continuing to have issues with fevers. Today it was as high as 103. They put the cooling blankets back on him and when we left tonight it was down to 101.5. We found out that there was an area on his right shoulder that was growing an infection prior to yesterday's surgery. Hopefully with the debridement and grafting, it will clear up. This is first wound infection he's had, but it's not an unexpected thing. He's still on antibiotics, so those should cover anything he has.

Dad got back in last night and went to see Zane this morning. He couldn't believe the improvement in Zane's face in just 5 days! I guess because Mom and I are seeing him each day, it's not as obvious to us. But, Dad was blown away. They also had a small section of his chest uncovered and we got to see the graft site. When we saw a picture of it a week ago, it was pretty gruesome. The donor skin had been "meshed" so it pretty much looked like a fish net, with all the muscle and tissue showing through. Not going to lie.. it was hard to see. Today, it looked almost exactly like normal skin. The little holes had filled in and it looked just like it was supposed to be there. The nurse told us that, in her 30 years of nursing, she'd never seen a graft heal so well. She made the comment, "He's a great healer". I said, "And, he HAS a great Healer". God is certainly healing him!

Your continued prayers for the fevers and for his grafts to continue healing well would be appreciated. His arms aren't doing as well as his chest, but they're coming along. There's also a high risk for his back graft not to take well. He's laying on it, and as soon as they start waking him up, he'll be moving around a lot. But, as always, we have faith that God will take care of every inch of Zane's body.

11 comments:

Karen said...

God bless you as you wait and may He give you strength. God bless Zane and be everything he needs. God, You are more than enough!

Dorothy said...

Courtney, I have you and Zane on my mind and in my prayers daily. So much of what you are telling us sounds like what my son went through for two months in the Burn Center in Augusta, GA. We felt the prayers of friends and family very strongly and knew that God was in control and would heal Joe as He is healing Zane. Stay strong in the faith and leave the rest to the Greatest Healer of all!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

So sorry to hear about all of this :( I have been reading along but wasn't sure if I should comment because I am a pretty new follower.

I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you two. Glad he is healing so well. The fact that your faith is so strong is awesome!

Marilyn Sjoberg said...

Continued prayer for God's grace and mercy to show itself strong in Zane's healing process. Hoping you will continue to lean on the Everlasting Arms throughout these days. Be encouraged knowing your names are on the hearts and in the prayers of many, many people.
Paul and Marilyn

Mildred said...

I am keeping you both in my prayers.

Kathysue said...

Thankyou for keeping us posted. I know that in a few months from now you will look back and even more than ever you will see exactly why things are happening the way they are. Gods plan is so perfect. I know this has to be so hard to go through. There is a song that I love and it is called Through it all. I think the words say it all and it touches my heart and is a wonderful reminder every time I hear it of how God will get us Through. Here is the link when you feel ready to hear it. Sending up prayers and good thoughts, Kathysue

http://youtu.be/NmKSY12hclQ
Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (NLT)

Carol said...

Still praying! God bless the both of you, Courtney!

Donna M McEachern said...

Dear: Courtney;
My prayer are with you and Zane evryday and I read your updates. I am glad He is being healed by god everyday and everythings is good. Keep your strongth up and your faith up. I am glad his 4th surgth went good and know he is resting and healing.
God Bless!
Donna M McEachern

Anonymous said...

Courtney,
Well, I had left a great comment for you. But somehow I deleted the whole thing. Hopefully The Lord will help me to remember.
Every morning I praise God and Thank him for Zanes life. I thank God that you are able to be with Zane. Although my heart longs to be with both of you. I really appreciate your writings because I can see Zane that way. I just can't wait to get back there. I want to see him and he to see me and tell him how much I LOVE HIM and God. The tears are falling as I type this. But, My God is comforting me and encouraging me by his promises in scripture. Psm 91:14-19 "Because Zane loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect Zane. For he acknowledges my name. Zane will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with Zane in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With Long life will I satisfy Zane and show him my salvation." Verses like this have been helping me cope. For the Lord has blessed us in so many ways with prayer and friends. Thank God for all of you prayer worriors.
See you soon, Love Z's mom

Lorraine (ME) said...

Dear Courtney, Praying for the day when Zane will not be in such pain so that he will be able to converse with you and the family. With the way the Lord has His hand upon Zane, I expect it to be sooner than later. Keep trusting in the Lord, and stay focused on your hopes in what our Savior will do.... Ps. 62:5-6, " My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O People; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah." I read Zane's mom's comment and as a mom, myself, my heart breaks for her as well. Not being able to be there with her son. I am so happy you have the strength you have in caring for her son, which I am sure gives her great peace through this time. Thank you for posting the updates, and sharing those beautiful pictures of you and Zane. Stay strong and reflect on how great a God we worship. Praying for those fevers to end, praying the Lord will remove them and that the healing process for his grafts be amazing to the doctors. Have a good night.......Grace and Peace.......Lorraine (ME)

Anonymous said...

Courtney, you and Zane and the whole family remain in our prayers. Thanks for keeping us all posted. May God continue to bless you all. D & D Fogg