The Leedahls Update – Nov. 27, 2014

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.

10835001_10205183201522415_1348666032298981086_oThe problem is that an MRI cannot rule out muscle infection. They would have to visually inspect for that in the operating room.

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

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13 thoughts on “The Leedahls Update – Nov. 27, 2014

  1. Have read both incoming posts today and praying mightily. Trusting God to impart wisdom and knowledge to the doctors that they will know exactly what to do. Enlisting another prayer warrior in another state to join me in prayer.

    Nancy Harper

  2. Paul and Ann Eckert

    Trusting our dear Father to hold each one of you tight…..and to be able to trust Him throughout this difficult time with assured abandon that you are His and He is yours in an everlasting love that can be trusted. Sending our love to you, Paul and Ann

  3. Jack Raab

    Please know that my wife and I continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors ,for comfort and healing for Jon, for strength for Adie and family and peace during this ordeal. Even though we have never met I feel as though I would for a family member in a similar situation. As I read your updates I do not always know how or what to pray for, but the Holy Spirit does and so I leave the words to His wisdom and knowing. God Bless, you are not alone.

  4. Ruth Smyth

    Thank you for your regular updates. I look for them often. Praying for you all at this time,each of you have your own struggles which we try to bring to our Saviour, so glad Romans 8:26 tells us that when we do not know how to pray. ” The Spirit Himself intercede for us, Trusting that you Jon will battle this infection and grow stronger. But above all that God will give you contentment,a learned experience as Paul tell us. Adie, I pray for you as a wife and mother and everything else you do, that you may experience God’ s peace and His strength to cope hour by hour. Love the pictures of you little family. May God bless and help at all times. Loving Christian greetings from Ireland. Ruth and Gordon Smyth

  5. Avis Bodin

    I am praying for you dear people. I am a retired missionary from Venezuela living at the NTM Homes. We treasured our pilots and their families. May you find His sufficiency even when no one else is with you. Sharing your story with others. Avis

  6. Bud and Edna Gensel

    We continue to pray for you. We pray the doctors will have God given wisdom as they make their decision. We pray that you will sense His presence and comfort throughout this time. He is ever faithful.

  7. Sher C.

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, They are new every morning.

    • Anonymous

      Praying much for both of you and for the doctors for much wisdom for them. The Lord woke me up last night and I lifted Jon to our awesome Lord that the source of Jon’s fevers will be found. May he soon be relieved of them and know the peace, strength, and comfort of His loving Savior! Praying to our mighty Kind!

  8. Ellyn Roe

    Lord, please defeat whatever “enemies” are battling Jon’s total healing. Protect Jon, Adie, Cam and all the family from discouragement. Help them through Cam’s departure. Provide for the boy’s needs as grandma leaves, and help her with the goodbyes. Thank you for the steadfastness you have nurtured in them all. In Your great mercy and grace, you have used this precious family to teach us all about running TO You when we are afflicted. Please bless them with deepened truths about Yourself, their Rock and Redeemer.

  9. Bea Porter

    We are praying for you and your family. I’m trusting the Lord will be guiding all of the decisions that have to be made and you will continually know the peace that passes all understanding. God bless
    Camdenton MO

  10. vaubuchon

    We here in Missouri are praying!

  11. Praying that the cause of the fevers would be found, for healing from the fevers and possible infection, for continued strength during this long haul. Praying for strength for you, Adie, as you take care of your boys without your husband next to you and as you seek to encourage and bless Jon. Praying for joy in the midst of pain for you, Jon – that the Lord would uphold you as you battle discouragement or worry. Continue to entrust yourselves to your loving heavenly Father.

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