The following is an update on Eagle from the Internet Monk.Deb is hoping to visit him tonight or tomorrow.
"Eagle and I had a good conversation on the phone this afternoon. They transferred him to a different room (in the middle of last night — ugh!) so it took me a few minutes to get hold of him. He gave me a few graphic descriptions of his red, swollen, and weeping leg which I will spare you, preferring to move on the good news that his vital signs are all stable and good right now, that he is getting up now and then to move about, and that he continues to be grateful for all the support he has received.
The medical folks have told him this will be a three to four week process. I asked him if there were any complications with his work, and he said no.
In the past year, he has asked us to pray for his father who has had some serious health problems, and we talked about that. He is concerned about his mom, who is caught between two health situations at the moment, and also asked us to continue praying about some significant tests his dad will be having in the near future.
His main concern for himself continues to be the healing of his leg."
9:00 PM Friday
I just arrived back in Raleigh after a great visit with Eagle. He is now accepting strongerpain medicine since he is having a lot of pain and understandably so! He is essentially bedbound at this time. Things are up in the air as the doctors continue to monitor the course of the infection.As of this morning, there was no discussion or estimate of discharge. Please continue to pray that the infection comes under control and does not advance beyond the thigh.He is in good spirits and enjoys reading the well wishes. he is so grateful for all of you. He is open to visits.
Both Deb and I will be out of pocket for most of the day tomorrow. I wil ltry to jump into the discussion tomorrow evening and Sunday. Thank you for bearing with us.
9:30 PM Thursday Eagle has a seriously infected leg. They are planning on multiple IV antibiotics for some time to come; hence, he will be having a central line placed in the next day. I am hoping the red above the knee is due to serious inflammation and not infection, but new cultures were taken today and he will know for sure in 48 hours. He is in quite a bit of pain; however, he is now getting medication that will help him in this area.
The good news is that he is "with the program." He is conversant and even has a sense of humor. That means a lot in these situations. He cannot believe all the well wishes. Last night, when he was having trouble sleeping, he was able to read most of them. He is so grateful for the support. He kept saying it was "unbelievable." He loved the visit from "Leila". She brought him train magazines. Eagle is a model train aficionado.
I will spend the morning with him and see how things go.
8:30 PM Eagle's infection is spreading into the thigh. Dee will head to hospital tomorrow and stay until Friday. Deb and her family will be in DC this weekend and will also visit.
5:30 PM Wed
Leila drove 90 minutes to get to Eagle. Thank you for being so kind! Where did all these wonderful people come from on our blog?? However,she brings word that the good people at Internet Monk are attempting to out do us. Never fear! We glam blog queens will not take this lying down!!!
"I had a delightful 90-minute visit with Eagle today. Once he felt comfortable I wasn't some strange internet stalker, we had a great time discussing theology, our observations and experiences with churches, and more. He is such a kind, gentle soul and for a fellow as sick as he is, I never would have known he was in great pain. He was sharp as a tack and not the least bit grumpy — which makes him a much finer person than me, because when I'm sick I'm not nearly as articulate or personable. He did say he was so bored that even listening to a John Piper sermon would be a treat.
We found many common points of interest besides theology, not the least of which is that he's a history buff like my husband, and that every now and then he gets to Annapolis (where we live) so we might get together in the future. He showed me his leg – yowza!!! His nurse, Matthew, is a Christian and seems to be the perfect person to be taking care of him.
While I was there, a box of chocolates and flowers arrived from the crew at Internet Monk.
Anyway, thought you'd like to hear that his spirits seem pretty good and that the love and prayers of the internet community are really blessing him."
Update 12:30 PM
Eagle is in a lot of pain. The doctor told him that he has the worst case of cellulitis he has ever seen. Eagle sent me pictures. Hubby and I concur with the doc. They have added another IV antibiotic to treat any possible overlooked bug but the thought is that strep is the culprit. Eagle cannot walk at all due to the pain which concerns him greatly.
In the meantime, some wonderful folks from the blogs are going to support him today with visits. You all humble me. Some of you have been deeply hurt by the church and yet you continue to serve Jesus. Thank you for your sacrificial lives.
Update 5:30pm —This is a cool update by none other than Chaplin Mike of the Internet Monk
"I spoke with Eagle by telephone earlier this afternoon. He said he feels very run down, but there are some positive signs. “Slow progress,” he called it. More than anything else, he said how much he has been impressed by the grace that has been coming his way through all of you. He also mentioned the chaplain visit as a helpful and encouraging contact. The infection in his leg is still a problem, and he continues to run a fever, so let’s continue praying for him." You all are amazing. Thank you.
Update 11:20AM Eagle said the doctors said his CT looked good with no spread to the bone, etc. Although the cultures are still not back, they are beginning to think that it is not staph (MRSA). They are planing to continue the IV antibiotics since it is clear that he has some sort of infection.(I'm betting strep-medical people like to place bets on organisms). He is still waiting for the Infectious Disease specialist to visit him.
He had a great conversation with the hospital chaplain who emphasized grace and mercy over condemnation. He said thinking about all of you who care is an example fo that. A friend is going to deliver his smart phone later today so he can read all of the comments. Thank you so much for sharing your love with Eagle.
Of course, Eagle called while I was in the shower and I will not be able to ring through on his room phone until 10AM. This is the message that he eft. He was moved to the cardiovascular floor since they can monitor him while giving him a quiet room to sleep. His blood pressure is looking good but his temperature is still high and his leg is bright red and blistering. He does not have the CT results as yet. He says he would be happy to receive visitors so I will contact those of you that have offered. I will update after 10AM.
The new post follows this update. I want to keep Eagle front and center for now.
Please pray for Eagle, our regular commenter, who was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in a hospital in the DC area with a serious systemic infection which grew out of a cut on his leg. He is very, very sick. I have changed this announcement to allow for comments or you can send emails to TWW which we will forward to his email account. pray for God's strength and peace.