Monday, April 28, 2008
This a common way to transport a bird. David traveled on the bus. I am sure the turkey was down with the luggage. Poor bird.
He will make a tasty meal for our table!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It certainly looks a lot better, don't you think? Now, the plan. We will return (as a family) to the USA on July 3. Within the next year Rebekah will have about 4 surgeries to release the tendon from the scar tissue in the forearm and make the wounds look better. We are so thankful for Dr. Greenberg, his nurse Deena and Ann our therapist.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The family at home is doing well, counting down the days until we are all back together again. 8 days and counting!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The before and after pictures!
Isn't she beautiful!
Look at those waffles daddy made for supper on Saturday night. It is our family tradition to have waffles on Saturday night. I am so thankful for a husband who is able to take such good care of the children and is a good cook too. Benjamin has also been doing a fair amount of cooking. From what I hear, he is a good chicken nuggets maker. Hmm, maybe I should have him keep it up even when I return to Peru!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Since it is Thursday (anniversary day) I am posting new pictures of her hand along with an xray so you can see where those pins are in her finger and the internal staples in the graft site on her hand.
She is improving by leaps and bounds. The flexibility in her fingers has greatly improved since our first therapy visit but during the last 2 weeks that has kind of plateaued.
1. Improved flexibility in the fingers and wrist
2. The scar tissue has adhered to the forearm donor site, we are working on getting it to break loose, a painful process.
3. Abigail should get her wrist cast off on Saturday, pray that that would become a reality.
4. Monday's appointment with the surgeon.
Her hand is looking so good. Less swelling this week except for that index finger today. Hopefully next week those pins will be gone.Her palm wounds are all healed. There is some significant scarring just below her fingers and on that middle finger. There is also still a fair amount of swelling but that is improving too.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
David finishes up a family conference at our church tonight. He is tired. The children are doing great.
Below is a copy of the Stilwell Summary that David sent out today. It describes the situation with Abigail and her arm cast.
Thank you for praying for the ladies involved in the bus accident on February 28. Most are recovering just fine. However, there is one lady still hospitalized with several skin grafts. Please pray for her especially. Her name is Melchora.
Health Care in the USA
Kandie and Rebekah are still in Indiana because of Rebekah's on-going recovery. She has physical therapy three days a week to regain motion in her fingers. Progress is slow but sure. The doctors and nurses are so helpful and caring. Thank you for your prayers. God has been so good during Rebekah's stay in the States. Kandie continues to post updates on our blog: http://stilwellsinperu.blogspot.com
Health Care in Peru
This morning Abigail and I went to one of the local hospitals with the goal of having the cast on her arm removed. She had a cracked wrist bone, and it has been just over five weeks now. We had an 8:15 a.m. appointment, but upon arrival we found out that 15 other people also had an appointment at the same time. It is on a first-come, first-serve basis! Instead of scheduling everybody at various times throughout the morning, we are all scheduled first thing in the morning. We finally got to see the doctor at 10:30. When we entered the doctors office we had to explain the entire situation because Abigail's history was not on file. If you come into the hospital through emergency, you are not an official patient, just temporary. They did manage to find the x-ray of her collarbone, but not the one that we needed for her wrist.
The doctor sent us to X-rays where they sent us to finances to pay for the x-ray. We then returned to X-rays to schedule an appointment to get an x-ray! The appointment is for Monday! On Monday we will have the x-ray taken, and then we will need to make another appointment to see the doctor again in order to remove the cast which will be sometime later in the week. Did you get all of that straight?! The appointment for the x-ray is at 7:30 a.m., but there will probably be over twenty people also with an appointment at that time! Please pray for us. Pray for patience and self-control. We know that God works all things for good.
Christ's Ambassadors in Peru,
Friday, April 4, 2008
The picture of her arm shows what is called a scar pad. It is a silicone type dressing which promotes the filling in of the tissues and to decrease scarring. She also has one on her thigh (the other graft donor site). As you can see in this picture from yesterday, the hand is quite puffy, it hasn't been that bad.