Update from Cam Leedahl, Jon’s mom:
We received mixed news on the MRI results. The good news is that there was no evidence of pus collection and no evidence of bone infection. What they did see was significant, but not unexpected to them. There is a line of dead tissue where the tourniquet had been in place for so many hours. The doctor explained that dead muscle is not bad. It can scar up and still provide a good base for a prosthesis.
The worst case scenario would be if there is infection in the muscle too pervasive for Jon’s body to fight, it would force them to amputate higher. That is something that would be a last resort. They would first want to see if Jon could “ride this through”.
However, The doctor said it’s possible that Jon’s fevers are caused by something other than a muscle infection in his stump, especially considering that he came from PNG. Since his arrival in Cairns he has been on a strong antibiotic to fight a nasty, uncommon bacteria they found in his leg when they first operated.
At 8 a.m. tomorrow morning in Cairns, which would be 4 p.m. today Central time, the lead doctors will have a conference, study the data, talk through what could be going on, and make a plan. They will then come up and tell us what they are thinking.
- Please pray that the doctors would have a truly careful and thorough discussion of all the possibilities as to what is causing these fevers. Pray that they would have insight and wisdom as they plan the next steps.
- Pray that Jon’s body would be able to fight this evil thing attacking him.
- Pray for peace in Jon’s heart and in the hearts of his loved ones. This is a difficult trial.
While Adie waited for Jon’s MRI to be done, she could hear the ladies in the nearby chapel sing:
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Ian Wildeboar was one of the several visitors today that came to encourage Jon and pray for him. Steve and Donelle Trostrud also arrived today.
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed—
always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-11