The Leedahls Update – March 10, 2015

Leedahls - 031015The MRI results are in:

Jon’s 2 wounds are connected going around the bone and there is also “unhappy” muscle tissue inside. We hoped the muscle would turn fibrous, but instead it has developed pockets of dying muscle tissue because of the length of time his leg was in the tourniquet. This dying muscle tissue needs to be removed.

Jon’s muscle has also retracted a bit, leaving just bone at the edge of his stump. So he will need his bone to be cut shorter by a couple of centimeters to have better muscle coverage. This surgery can happen as soon this week.

Because it’s a potentially big surgery, we have chosen to pray about going back to the States to do the surgery or staying to have the surgery done here. We want to do what’s best for Jon’s overall health.

Please pray with us friends as we decide how to proceed. We don’t make these decisions lightly! We’ve taken each step in this unknown territory of life called “amputation & beyond” before our Heavenly Father. So glad He guides us step by step!

Tomorrow we get time with the Ortho doc to ask some more questions, pray it will be fruitful.

Thank you all for praying & walking alongside us on our journey with each twist & turn. We are overwhelmed with your love & support for us!

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV)

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25 thoughts on “The Leedahls Update – March 10, 2015

  1. John Miller

    Continuing to lift you guys up.

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  2. Diana Smyth

    Dear Ones,

    We are praying!

    Upholding you, Randy & Diana Smyth

  3. Anonymous

    Praying with you as you make more big decisions. I would recommend Mayo Clinic as you consider coming back to the US. I have been there and they are an AMAZING TEAM OF PHYSICIANS! You do NOT have to have a referral to get in. Just call them. We serve an incredible God, the Great Physician! We continue to pray and seek His will for Jon’s treatment, healing and your family.

  4. Christy Myers

    Praying with you as you make more big decisions. I would recommend Mayo Clinic as you consider coming back to the US. I have been there and they are an AMAZING TEAM OF PHYSICIANS! You do NOT have to have a referral to get in. Just call them. We serve an incredible God, the Great Physician! We continue to pray and seek His will for Jon’s treatment, healing and your family.

  5. Geoffrey & Gwen Briggs

    Thanks for all your news and prayer updates, we will be praying for you. God bless. Love and prayers. Geoff & Gwen

  6. Ed & Linda Emerick

    Just saw your email concerning Jon’s MRI results. You guys are in our prayers daily-can’t imagine what you are going through, but Praise the Lord we have an awesome God who knows best. We are praying for specific answers about the surgery.

  7. mboze

    Still praying for you and rooting for you all! God bless you and give you widow in your big decision! — Mike

  8. Dean Truett

    I Would storngly suggest that Jon return to the states for his surgery. As a long time amputee I can tell you this next step is most of upmost importance as a well done surgery will determine how well Jo will do with a prosthetic.

  9. Heather

    Praying for you all fervently….hugs from California
    Heather for the Hoads

  10. Praying with you all, both for Jon’s healing and discernment as to whether to return to the US to get it done.

    John Allen @JMAllenSr

  11. Jacki Bradley

    Will pray you know peace as you make this next decision.

  12. Kathy Z

    You don’t know me from Adam but I knew Jon C while he was in St Louis. I have been following your updates & thought it was time I informed you of my prayerful support. As you do know, our Heavenly Father is all knowing, ever present, wise & gracious, the amazing Healer, Comforter, giver of peace & oh so much more. Praying for you to experience all of His attributes in the coming days. May the Lord shine His face upon you and give you wisdom, strength & peace. In Christ’s love, Kathy

  13. janepeterson3

    Neal & I continue to think of you often, praying for you and your family–and now this big decision. We know He will lead you as to whether to stay there or return to the USA for this next surgery & for what is ahead re: prosthesis, rehab, PT, etc. Sending love to you all, with thanks & gratitude as you continue to show His glory & sufficiency day by day. Neal & Jane Peterson (parents of Carrie Jones)

  14. Ellyn Roe

    Oh my–a big decision to make. I can almost feel the weight of it. You are so busy healing and loving each other, I wish there were no decisions for you to make at all. I pray for you to come to a point of peace and rest about this choice for Jon’s road to full recovery. I know God is ready to bless you in the US or right there in Australia where He has shown Himself strong.

  15. Chris Durfey

    Dear Jon and Addie,

    We have been praying for you and seeing God’s hand in your life. When you were at NTMA, McNeal we were on staff, but away were caring for our oldest son in MT. You may have prayed for us. Our son’s (Walt) health saga began at the Billings Clinic in Billings MT. When our son’s situation was more than serious, his doctor consulted with Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Later Walt was flown to Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Our son did not have the health situation you are facing but we have had experience with Mayo Clinic. From the moment we arrived we knew we were where Walt needed to be. Mayo Clinic is excellent! You do not have just one doctor but a team of doctors who work closely together caring for the patient’s entire body. From our experience we would recommend your present doctor contact the appropriate doctor at Mayo to discus your case and see if they could help you or recommend where you should go in the States. We shall be in prayer for God’s wisdom in your decision.


    Praying all goes well

    Sent from my iPad


  17. ann cranford

    Praying for your family everyday.

  18. Anonymous

    Praying daily for you, Adie, and the family.

  19. curtis and evelyn lee

    We thank you for the updates. We will continue to pray for all of you during this decision time. You encourage us with your faith every time we read the new happenings in your life. We do not understand of course, but know we have a big God who loves us so much and wants only the best for us. Prayer changes things, so we will keep praying like all your other partners.

    Love and prayers,
    Evelyn and Curtis

  20. Donya Lowe

    Oh how we are praying as you make this difficult decision. The results from the MRI weren’t what we wanted to hear, but we know that God knew and is paving the way for your next step. May His strength be yours.
    You are loved,

    Sent from my iPad


  21. Anonymous

    Jon & Adie,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers as you enter the next phase of your decision making process. Remember, our Father is with you and Jesus will guide you every step of this journey.
    With his Love, Mercy and Grace.
    Louis Hall

  22. Donna Burns

    My heart aches for you. We do not know what is around each corner for us, but with God there are no surprises. He is all knowing and all loving. I pray you continue to feel His presence each hour of each day and continue to walk this journey in faith! I don’t know you, but I love you in Christ!

  23. Bob Mills

    i am praying for both of you , i have been where you are , ii am also a ak amputee,

  24. Anonymous

    I would ‘third’ the Mayo Clinic suggestion. I have been there myself, and they are excellent. At this point, you need the best care to get this wound healed.

  25. LeRoy Ramsey

    Jon and Adie

    We are friends of Jason and Jamie Brewer.

    Just want you to know that we have been praying for you and will continue to do so. You have had to make so many hard decisions. We will especially be remembering you as your family makes this trip to the states.

    May our Loving Heavenly Father keep you in His perfect care and bring His complete healing. We trust and agree with your prayers and the prayers of so many others – in Jesus Holy Name

    In His Loving Care

    LeRoy and Jane


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