Monday, December 22, 2008

Ankle Surgery Postponed

After speaking again with the trauma team late last night, they have decided to postpone today's ankle surgery due to the fragile state of Brian's lungs.

The pneumonia continues to put a lot of stress of his breathing & though a fever of less than 101.5 is a sign of healing, Brian's continues to run around or above this due to the energy it takes to fight the pneumonia & the fact that energy is taken away from the general healing process. For those new to the blog, Brian's left lung was collapsed & the right was almost the same. There's been a lot of fluid build up to be drained, the pneumonia only adding more.

Again, we're sort of in a holding pattern right now, praying for patience & trust in the recovery process. We know he's in good hands & staff are keeping a close eye on things but I'm not going to lie--if only this stupid pneumonia would get out of the way!

I'm told he slept okay last night but did show some agitation...

Once again, where this means he'll end up with regard to the other injuries, namely the stress put on his spinal cord where his back was broken & the titanium rod inserted to decompress the spine, will have to wait until the more immediate concern of the lungs are stronger.

Will keep you posted & appreciate so much the outpouring of love & assistance across the country on his behalf.


  1. Brian-
    I recently heard the news and I have been praying for you ever since. I haven't seen you in a few years, but I can't help but think of your sense of humor and the fun times we had at NCSU. I know you are going to pull through this with the help of God, your family, and friends. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you throughout your recovery.
    Kim Whitaker

  2. Brian
    I know your struggling buddy but you are going to get through this i just know it deep down, God helps those who help each other and you are a true and loyal friend thats always helping everyone. God is on your side so be patient and let Him "do work son"!!

  3. Mike Odom - I am praying for you and your family everyday. Hang in there and know that we love you and will be here for you.

  4. Hey baby,

    I was talking with my mom yesterday and she makes a really good point. We must keep faith alive, and leave everything in the hands of God.
    "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthews 17:20
    In 1 Peter 5:7 we are told to give all our "worries and cares to God, for he cares about" us.
    So you see baby, we need to just take a step back and let God do His work. Like Kara said, it is hard to have faith in something/someone you can't see, but we must keep in mind all the wonderful things He has already provided for us. We must build on that and continue our healing journey. As Jesus has said, "What is impossible for people is possible with God." Luke 18:27.
    I love you babe! I have faith, for the both of us :)

  5. Hey Brian,

    I'm looking forward to your recovery. This psalm just like many others will a testimony to how God has set you up for success.
    Psalms 40:1-5
    40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

    40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

    40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

    40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

    40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

    Bless you Man of God

    Shawn Sanders