Eagle: Update 8 PM Sunday

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!!!

From Leila:

"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. 


 8:30AM Tues:

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.


Eagle: Update 8 PM Sunday — 291 Comments

  1. Eagle:

    I am sorry to hear of your condition.

    I am praying for God’s healing of your body and a speedy return to the blog world and your other chosen pursuits.

  2. Eagle – you are in my thoughts; prayers too.

    Hugs and very best wishes for a speedy recovery…


  3. Eagle,

    Tonight at our prayer meeting (7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 Central), our church will be praying for you. Specifically, we are asking the Lord to give you His grace and mercy and healing without measure.

  4. Wade,

    I was going to e-mail you about Eagle, but you are so on top of things that you read this post before I did. I knew Dee was going to alert everyone but just now had a chance to read the post.

    I believe I speak for all of us when I say thanks to you and the Emmanuel congregation for caring about us. It means so much!

  5. Eagle my man, I too have prayed for your recovery. It is scary how fast one’s health can turn around. God’s blessing on you Eagle. Jimmy

  6. Eagle, I’ve missed your comments lately and now I know why…praying for a complete healing and recovery for you.

  7. Eagle –

    I am so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for your healing and complete recovery. I wish I lived in that area so that I could visit and pray — asking God for miracles!

  8. Does Eagle have family in the area to care for him? If not, I live 45 minutes outside of DC and my husband and I can visit/bring him anything he might need.

  9. I will be praying – I read all the comments, and Eagle is pragmatic – a trait I strongly admire. I am praying

    Dee – Is it sepsis?

  10. Eagle,
    Whereever I see your remarks, I see wisdom and love. I have already prayed for your healing and recovery. The world needs to continue to experience our Eagle.

  11. Does Eagle have family in the area to care for him? — Leila

    I don’t think so. I think most of his family is in either California or Montana.

  12. Bene D

    Thank you for praying. Yes, it is sepsis. Pray that it is strep, not staph (flesh eating). It takes a couple of days for the cultures to come in. However, it he responds to the IV antibiotics overnight, that will be a god sign. I just spoke with him. He is feeling really sick and is so glad that people are praying for him.

  13. Leila

    His family is not in the area and, as he has told us, his dad has a brain tumor. I will speak with him in a couple of hours and let him know you could visit. I bet he would love it if he is doing better. I will get back to you.

    Leila, your offer is a concrete example of the the community of the believer in play on the internet. Calvinistas-take note!

  14. Eagle, I am so incredibly sad to hear this! I am praying for your recovery, and not only that, but a SPEEDY recovery! And that you will feel better soon.

    Remember: God is big. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Sepsis (what my parents’ generation called “Blood Poisoning”) is BAD. Took a quick look at Wikipedia about it and it said that the death rate can be anywhere between 20 to 60% (no details) and can increase by 5-7% for each HOUR’s delay in treatment. Even with 21st Century First World medicine, it’s a killer.

    Basic treatment is to saturate the patient with IV antibiotics in a race to kill the infection before the infection (or side effects of the antibiotics) kills the patient, and try to head off major organ failures along the way.

  16. P.S. Just put the word out via Email to the other blog he regularly comments on, Internet Monk.

  17. Eagle,

    I always appreciate your perspectives, wisdom, and concern for the wounded. I’m praying that you’re soon feeling better and healed from this infection.

  18. Dear Eagle, as I’ve said it before, you rock. If I was standing next to you in ICU right now I’d give your toes a tickle. To your peace, rest, and healing.

  19. We had a friend, and elderly lady, who in the early ’90s was hospitalized with the flesh eating bacteria and was cured with massive IV antibiotics and some hyperbaric oxygen treatment (as in encasing the leg involved in an enclosure and puttting oxygen in under some increased pressure). It took some time, but she was back in church and doing her community mission work with her husband. Just a sweet, phenomenally dedicated and hard working (for one of any age) Christian.

    I am convinced that this battle can be won. We need to be praying for the doctors, the lab personnel, etc., that all will find the right combination to stop this infection.

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  21. Eagle,

    I’ll be praying for strength for you and wisdom for your doctors as you face this challenge. Peace be with you.

  22. Eagle – May God grant you skilled care in the hospital and a complete recovery. We miss you and are waiting for your return.

  23. Eagle,

    Praying that God will give you a quick and speedy recovery…as well as comfort as you recover in the Hospital.

    Praying you will find much rest and comfort from the One who is sympathetic to our struggles!


  24. Virginia Knowles

    I am absolutely amazed by your comment!

    I listened to Wade’s sermon LIVE at 12:30 (eastern time) today; and while he was preaching, I started setting up next weekend’s EChurch with the Bible verse and questions his assistant sends me.

    After listening to Wade’s message, I started adding the songs. Three were from Emmanuel’s service and the fourth one (which will be the opening song) is Everlasting God by Lincoln Brewster. We used to sing that song quite a bit at my former church and it just popped into my head for some reason. I have the song in my history as proof. I never get the EChurch set up this early. Yes, He is the Everlasting God, and He is absolutely incredible!

  25. I saw a post on Internet Monk and on FB as well. I dropped a line to Chaplain Mike. Eagle, I hope it is a speedy recovery. These sepsis infections seem to be happening a lot lately. ๐Ÿ™

  26. It occurs to me that our preacher dealt with sepsis many years ago. He’s recovered and still preaching!

  27. Dear Eagle, I was so sorry to hear of your illness and hospitalization. Constant prayers for your peace and healing. You are loved.

  28. Hi Eagle,

    I sure hope you come through this OK. You and I haven’t actually chatted before but I always enjoy your comments. I’ll be praying for you. Being in a hospital bed is no fun at all.

  29. Thinking of you here in East Asia, our dear friend. Rest well, and heal quickly! Looking forward to a positive report. Try to forget the world, and focus all your energies on yourself for the next couple of weeks!! Take care my friend!

  30. Eagle — Praying for wisdom for the doctors treating you, comfort for you whilst you are abed and swift healing of your leg. God’s peace to you!

  31. Praying for you, Eagle! I appreciate your perspective on issues here and will be glad to see you back soon.

  32. Eagle, praying for you, all the medical staff working to fight the infection, for the effectiveness of the treatment, and for your family.

  33. Actually the song “Everlasting God” is by Brenton Brown, not Lincoln Brewster. I had thought it was by Chris Tomlin, who has recorded it, I think. I had to correct my blog post (http://virginiaknowles.blogspot.com/2012/07/weekend-gratitude-sundae-sunday-little.html), which, by the way, includes a prayer request for Eagle. Brown wrote the song while suffering from chronic fatigue. Article is here: http://sg.christianpost.com/dbase/culture/1347/section/1.htm

  34. Eagle,

    My prayers are with you and for you. May the doctors, nurses and all other medical workers be at the top of their game and find the best treatment for you

  35. Eagle,
    I heard that you were in the hospital from the Internet Monk website; you’re in my prayers for complete healing.

  36. Eagle, may the Lord surround you with Angels and protect and heal you. All our prayers are with you !!!!!

  37. Eagle, my prayers are with you. I’ve had bacteremia (another systemic infection) caused by a botched liver biopsy. It can be beaten. I will also keep your medical staff doctors, nurses, techs in my prayers as well. I do read your posts here and at IM as well.

  38. Eagle,

    I want you to know that you are greatly valued & highly thought of by many of us here at TWW, myself included. It is my fervent hope that Providence will grant the Physicians the skill & prescience required to help your body beat this thing.

    Muff Potter

  39. Eagle, if I was closer I would come to the hospital and give you ice chips and a wet wash cloth for your brow and tuck a pillow in to make you comfortable. But I can’t so I pray that someone else is doing that for you.

    Get well! This place is not the same without you!

  40. Eagle,

    I'm continuing to pray for you and hope you're improving. As you can see, you are loved by this online community.

    Virginia K,

    I listened to the version of Everlasting God that you shared. There are several on YouTube that are great.

  41. I was just thinking earlier this week about how the next time I drive through the D.C. area, I have got to have lunch or coffee with this guy. So Eagle, my friend, you had better stick around! Will be praying like nobody’s business.


  42. Eagle,

    Here's the song I picked earlier today for our upcoming EChurch (when I had no idea you were in the hospital). Somehow I missed Dee's call around lunchtime about your condition.


    This is my song dedication to you as you recover from this terrible infection.  May you be restored soon!


  43. Praying for you for God's healing, comfort, strength and love and for Him to guide all the medical staff as they tend to you. We unite our prayers as a sweet offering to Our Father who WILL SEE YOU THROUGH!

  44. I liked that version because it had no pop up ads and gave just the words instead of pictures. My little girl was sitting on my lap singing along while reading the words on the screen. Very special, and I love the simple truths singing their way into her heart.

  45. Psalm 103

    Of David.

    1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
    2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefitsโ€”
    3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
    5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagleโ€™s.

    6 The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

    7 He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
    8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
    9 He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
    10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
    11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
    12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

    13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
    14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
    15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
    16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
    17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lordโ€™s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their childrenโ€™s children โ€”
    18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

    19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

    20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
    21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
    22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

    Praise the Lord, my soul.

  46. Virginia K,

    What a wonderful experience with your daughter!ย  We listened to a lot of contemporary Christian music when my daughters were young.ย ย  It had a tremendous impact on them.ย  Wish all these YouTube videos had been available then.ย 

    Eagle is always sending us YouTube links in e-mails and also in comments.ย  He needs our encouragement now.ย  I’m still amazed that you mentioned this song earlier today.ย  God is good!

  47. Eagle, I appreciate you so much and am devastated that you are suffering like this. I pray that the Lord would heal you completely.

  48. Eagle, praying of course . . . what else can I do for your bro? Do I need to come to your hospital? Let me know what I can do for you.

  49. I am so sad to hear this. Eagle, I really appreciate what you contribute here – when I first started frequenting TWW, your comments stood out for their candour and humour. My mom would ask me ‘did you read what Eagle just posted?’, like you’re an old friend. Along with the rest of TWW family, I’m praying for you.

  50. Dee/Deb,

    I have a friend on staff at a church in DC – moderate Baptists. Please send me the hospital and other info re Eagle and I will ask them to visit. When we were in the hospital for a week after a wreck while traveling, the visits by a local church (twice a day, every day) were a wonderful encouragement.

  51. Eagle, I hope and pray that you make a full recovery very soon. When I read your comments I hear the voice of someone who is compassionate and caring. I hope that throughout all this, you feel the compassion and concern of others towards you. God bless you. Sophie

  52. Eagle: I am praying for you. So sorry to hear what you are going through! May God’s loving-kindness envelope you and heal your body.

  53. Eagle–you are loved and appreciated by many. Prayers for you and those you love as you persevere through this difficult time. Christ’s peace and healing is our heart’s cry for you.

  54. O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers:
    Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant Eagle the help of your power, that his sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  55. Dear Eagle
    Praying you make a speedy recovery and looking forward to having you back at TWW.

  56. Dear Eagle,
    We are praying for your full recovery. We look foward to reading
    your comments again. Your TWW Family Loves You.

  57. Eagle, I lurk on a lot of the same websites you comment on and have always appreciated reading what you have to say. Praying for healing and a restful recovery.

  58. Prayers from Georgia are lifted up to you my Brother. May our Lord’s healing hands and touch fill your soul and work through your doctors and staff. God Bless.

  59. Eagle, just read of your situation on I-monk, came here to learn more. I am embracing you within my heart, where dwells the Blessed Trinity; asking them to Embrace you with all the power of their healing Grace and Merciful Love to restore you to a greater health than you’ve ever known on every level of your being. Know, Eagle, you are loved by so many ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Good morning Eagle, I wandered over to tww to find an update on you and finding none, peeked at all the lovely posts of people all over praying for you, longing to be able to do more like visit you, etc., and I echo te dude who wants to meet you for coffee one day if he’s in d.c. I think many of us would relish a cup of coffee with you. When I found out you were sick last night, I mentioned you to my husband and he remembers you as well; you leave an impression with your words and I think the wanderers that frequent IM and TWW understand where you’re coming from. Well, I do. Praying for you thru the day friend. Wish I lived closer. Peace.

  61. Eagle, I hope the love shown to you from here and Internet Monk helps to prop you up in God's love. You are very loved by God and all of us. (p.s. I can always identify with your comments. I love them) Speedy recovery my friend.

  62. Eagle

    Praying for you… And with you…
    Found some verses about one of your favorite subjects… Trains…

    1Kings 10:2
    And she came to Jerusalem **with a very great train,**
    with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and “precious stones:”
    and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

    And you are one of God’s “Precious Stones.”

    Isa 6:1
    In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne,
    high and lifted up, and **his train filled the temple.**

    And I believe – “You are the Temple of God” and the Spirt of God dwells in you. 1 Cor 3:16.

    And some verses about Healing are also becoming a favorite subject for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    * Psalm 107:19-21
    Then they cry to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he saves them out of their distresses.
    20 He sent his word, and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destructions.
    21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
    and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

    * Proverbs 16:24
    Pleasant words are as a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

    * Isaiah 53:5
    But he was wounded for our transgressions,
    he was bruised for our iniquities:
    the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
    and with his stripes we are healed.

    * Jeremiah 33:3
    Call to me and I will answer you, and will show you
    great and mighty things which you do not know.
    6 Behold, I will bring to you health and healing,
    and I will cure you and reveal to you abundance of peace and truth.

    * Malachi 4:2
    But to you that fear my name
    shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;

    Fly High Eagle…

  63. Praying. Eagle, you are one of my favourite commenters on all the different blogs I lurk at. Praying for a speedy recovery, and that the doctors and nurses that are caring for you will do so with wisdom and skill. Get well soon.

  64. Eagle,

    Praying for a full recovery, and that you will have peace and calm during this time. Look forward to reading your comments on this blog very soon!

  65. Eagle, been praying for you nearly constantly since I read the news last evening. I miss you and your contributions here and agree with what Arce said about you.

  66. My first child (presumably) died of overwhelming sepsis, but the source was never discovered. ๐Ÿ™ It is hard to sit here wondering how you are doing.

  67. Eagle,

    Wising I wasn’t 3,000 miles away on the left coast, otherwise I’d join those offering to drop by. Certainly still praying, though, and looking forward to seeing you back over at iMonk.

  68. Praying God’s spirit ministers his love, grace, and peace to you, as he has to me in my suffering. As well as healing.

  69. Jan,

    I am really sorry and so sad to hear about your first child. I cannot begin to know how hard that must have been for you. I am a nurse-so do know how horrible that ordeal is…

    Hugs to you.

  70. Eagle, I am adding my prayers to the many others here. Thinking of you and praying that the doctors and nurses treating you are given wisdom and compassion, and that the Lord will bring you swift healing and a full recovery!

  71. I’ve been out of the loop for most of the past week and have missed much here at the always amazing TWW.

    Eagle โ€” praying for you, friend. Big, but gentle, hugs.

  72. Eagle won’t know me, but I instantly recognized his moniker. I saw the notice over at the IM. Please know, Eagle, that I have prayed for healing and comfort. I hope you feel better–and get better–very soon!

  73. Eagle–praying for God’s complete healing and total restoration, in Jesus’ Name. I hope you know how much you’re loved and valued here (and elsewhere!). Hang tough, my friend.

  74. You’ve been on my mind all day, Eagle. God be with you every step of the way. I’m praying.

  75. Eagle, You have been in the forefront of my mind ever since I received word yesterday about your infection. Praying for you!

  76. Eagle,

    Just saw this post, please know we are joining with the prayers of your friends here at TWW.

    God bless you!

  77. Oh Eagle, I’ve only just read this…so sorry to hear you’re so ill. I wish I was there so I could read you cool stuff ( including train timetables if it would help). Will be thinking about you & praying my biggest prayers for you. Get well soon you hear, so I can cheer on your anti-calvinista rants ๐Ÿ™‚
    Much love from England XXX

  78. Eagle, I’m praying for you in NC. You are one of my most favorite commenters on TWW because of your insight, honesty, and compassion, and also rants on behalf of the oppressed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Things aren’t the same when you are not around! ๐Ÿ™

  79. Dee, I am an I-Monk friend and nurse (lots of time as a case manager and discharge planner). Other than prayers, let me know how I might help. Feel free to share my email with him and anyone else who I can help.

  80. Eagle, Come back soon! It is not the same without you!!! I have been there with this sort of bad infection. Praying for you, the docs and nurses.

  81. Eagle, you don’t know me, but I’ve read your comments here at a iMonk for a long time. I have found it wonderful to see so many wonderful comments and people praying for you. You are not alone! I only wish that I didn’t live so far away so I could help in a tangible way too. But, please know that my prayers for your are very sincere. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  82. Hi Eagle, I am so sorry for your infection and have been praying for you since I read the news.

  83. Oh Eagle,
    I am so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I pray that you will feel God’s overwhelming love for you, and ours. Jesus loves you, this I know. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Ellie

  84. Eagle,

    I have gotten used to hearing your thoughtful comments and miss them. Praying for your recovery.

  85. Eagle, I am so sorry to hear of your illness. You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight. May the Supreme Physician Jesus Christ be with you and give you healing grace.

  86. Dee,

    I am so grateful for your diligence in checking on Eagle and keeping us informed as much as possible. You are priceless!

  87. Eagle,
    Praying for you! May God hold you tenderly in his arms through this illness and restore you to health. Miss your comments!

  88. I have appreciated your comments, Eagle, and i hope you can get back to commenting on TWW. Thoughts and prayers from Arizona.

  89. Oh, Eagle, I hope someone is reading these posts to you. My sad heart was lifted when I read the words of love and care sent to you. May God wrap you in His arms and hold you close — you are loved beyond measure by the One who created you, and by those of us who would never have known you but for the creation of these blogs. Blessings upon you, your doctors, and everyone who knows you, loves you, and cares for you. And as you experience healing from the sepsis, may you be healed in every other place that might have been injured or damaged over your lifetime — Oh, Lord, from South Carolina, I’m asking for your blessing, your healing, your loving care and healing power to be upon Eagle — that he may truly rise up on wings of eagles. Amen.

  90. Thanks Dee.

    I pray Eagle’s immune system continues to battle back, that the medical team picks the right antibiotics while the lab gets the cultures back asap, and that their monitoring skills are sharp.
    I pray for emotional, mental and spiritual strength and rest as Eagle’s body fights the invasive unknown, I pray if it is strep, MSRA or CA MSRA that God will mercifully and miraculously roll back any damage.

  91. Still praying — all the way from Australia! May the mercy that undergirds our every breath flow through you with such healing grace that you might be fully healed.And may He who bore our every grief carry all pain and weakness for you. May He lift you up to soar again

  92. Dee, thank you so much for keeping us updated.

    Much love to you Eagle… you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

    MM from South Africa

  93. We are all still praying ; the Lord Jesus is with you Eagle. The Lord bless and keep you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  95. 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.

    That makes me worry that he might lose his leg before this is over.

  96. HUG

    I, too, am worried for him. At least his BP has stabilized which could mean the infection is slowly being beat back.

  97. Praise the Lord for the good news! Continusing in prayer for you, Eagle! Dee, a big thank you for keeping us updated!

  98. Eagle! Just read the 11:20 update! I am so encouraged that it doesn’t look like staph anymore. I have been worried. My husband and I were praying. So, so, so glad you may be back commenting on TWW soon!

    The (now Happy) Observer

  99. Eagle, I’m thanking God who heals physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the good update. The hospital is not a good place for sleep but it’s a great place to be when you need antibiotics and expert care. You remain in my prayers.

  100. Eagle – I’m continuing to pray and keep up with the updates that Dee posts. We’re all worried about you and miss you and your thoughtful comments! But most of all, I (we) want to see you getting healthier and out of the hospital.

    we love you, bro!

    Dee – thanks so very much for keeping us up-to-date and for keeping this post at the top of the page!

  101. Glad to hear the good news! I shall do a solo mexican wave on my sofa in your honour Eagle.XXX

  102. News is looking better! Will continue to pray for your recovery Eagle, hopefully you will be out of that Hospital in no time!

  103. Eagle! I’m praying for you, buddy. You’ll be back in no time. I can’t wait to hear that you are doing better.



  104. Eagle,

    Praying in FAITH for you, man. Get better soon…miss you! Thinking and praying, again, in faith. Hang in there!


  105. Eagle,

    You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.ย  My mom, who follows our blog, is also very concerned about you and has been praying.ย  Keep getting better!ย  It’s just not the same without your challenging comments.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. Eagle, You’re one of the reasons I read Internet Monk. I always love your honest, heartfelt comments. Get back to us — the internet needs you!

  107. I’m continuing in prayer for you along with all those here. I miss you. Get better soon. Keep your chin up and stay sassy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  108. Still praying and trusting in God to heal and restore you, Eagle. Can’t wait to hear from you again. The sooner the better.

  109. Praying for you. Get well and back on your feet soon! May you experience complete restoration through this.

  110. Praising God that the news so far is cautiously good, praying that it – and you! – will get a whole lot better very quickly.

  111. Also, Eagle, why couldn’t you be sick last week? I was in DC then and would have come to visit, but now I’m back home in Sydney. Time your illnesses better in the future!

  112. Hi Eagle,
    still praying & thinking of you. My son had a strep infection in his leg a number of years ago, & it took them a little while to figure out what was going on, so I know a little bit about what you are going through. He came through it OK, and I am praying that you will be feeling better very soon! {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Eagle }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}


  113. Eagle,

    Am very grateful for the positive signs! Hopefully you can get some good rest tonight on the telemetry floor. God bless and still praying.

  114. Thanks for all the updates. Still lifting up Eagle and praying for a speedy recovery with as little pain as possible. As we say here, “bless his heart!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Thanks for the updates.
    Eagle, I’m still praying for you and hope you’ll be feeling better soon.

  116. Dee,

    If it is indeed strep, what kind of timeframe are we looking at before the antibiotics give him some relief? I know these really bad infections can be hard to kick.

  117. The hospital is not a good place for sleep but itโ€™s a great place to be when you need antibiotics and expert care.

    Especially hard to sleep when you’ve got a crazy woman across the corridor yelling constantly and trying to escape. That happened my last time in the hospital (acute diverticulitis/emergency bowel resection, November 2006).

  118. Will continue to pray. Cannot imagine the pain he must be enduring.

    Many prayers in hoping the pain will subside soon!

  119. HUG

    They will have to be careful that he does not contract a hospital based infection. If he doesn’t, there should not be any necrotizing effects .

  120. Leila, thank you! I know you were not visiting for us, but it warms my heart to know you visited Eagle. I love watching the church BE the church! Get well, Eagle!

  121. Well, Heather, I WAS visiting for you, because we’re all part of the same body! I was the one blessed today, because I made a wonderful new friend.

  122. Leila, I’m so glad you could visit Eagle!! And Deb & Dee – I’m also glad you can visit him. I’m gonna keep on praying!!

  123. God Bless you all here who are reaching out and going out of your way to show love for our dear friend Eagle.

  124. “Well, Heather, I WAS visiting for you, because weโ€™re all part of the same body!”

    Thank you!

  125. Not happy to hear the news of the potential spreading but glad to know people are stepping in to help and lift Eagle up. He remains in my thoughts and prayers!

  126. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear it is spreading. ๐Ÿ™ I can imagine that it must be excruciating – I once had cellulitis on my ankle and the pain was unbearable. One of my most embarrassing moments ever. I was at college that day, determined to make it to my last class of the day in spite of the pain. Almost got to class but wound up sobbing on the floor in the hall, unable to walk any further. A professor who I didn’t even know came running out of his office. He actually wheeled me out of the building, across the parking lot, to my car – on his office chair! (Hope that gave you a good laugh if you’re able to read this).

    Still praying for you, Eagle.

  127. I remember that when my then-boyfriend got an infection in his leg, it was one of the scariest moments of my life – the whole thing swelled up and went purple. of course, he saw no need to go to the emergency room until my freaking out became too much for him. I’m still freaking out slightly just thinking about it and wondering what would have happened if he hadn’t gone.

  128. Am always praying for you Eagle… you are constantly on my heart.

    I realize you are going through more pain than having a catheter the size of a garden hose inserted… but a JOHN PIPER sermon…..??? NOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  129. By the way, the catheter comment was Eagle’s inimitable way of describing his aversion to John Piper’s theology. ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Eagle! So good to see you here! It is 9.15am here in South Africa.

    I can just imagine how you felt about that catheter ๐Ÿ™

    I will never forget your garden hose comment… it never ceases to crack me up!

  131. Also chiming in from South Africa…Eagle, it’s really great to see you here! Praying and hoping for rest and for your healing.

  132. Hey Eagle
    So John Piper suddenly sounds more appealing, haaa. Am so glad to hear that Dee will be with you soon, you’ll be in good hands.

  133. Hey Eagle! So nice to see your typeface. But you’re scaring me with the Piper thing, has the infection reached your brain? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You need some nice Radio 4 or the World Service on the radio to keep you entertained when you feel so bad, lovely English voices murmuring gently should just send you right off to sleep…

    Will keep praying my best feeble prayers for you!

  134. Haitch

    I am not sure which is the bigger emergency: the infection or his preference for a Piper sermon.ย 

  135. Eagle,

    It’s good you’re able to be on here and comment.

    That really stinks about the Piper sermon, though. ๐Ÿ™

    I’m thinking the company of good friends should clear up that nasty symptom, at least!

    Dee and Deb coming sounds like just the thing right now.

    I wish I could make you better. I suppose everybody else feels the same.

  136. Eagle,

    My youngest, Julianna, had cellulitis about three years ago, it was frightening how quickly the bump on her leg went from looking like a spider bite to something omnious.
    I called my second-born, Jennifer, and described the situation and, thankfully, the girl was home and she made the twenty minute drive to our place and took one look at it and asked me which hospital I wanted to go.

    We ended up at Nemours (duPont) where she was in her third year of residency.

    The poor girl had to have it lanced and drained (she held up like a trooper) and the er resident was one of Jennifer’s friends. Jenn noted, “Don’t worry, we’re friends, we want to be fellows together.”

    Which confused the heck out of Julianna, how could her sister be a fellow with her girlfriend? She is now a neonatology fellow and Julianna sort of gets it.)

    In our case, It *was* MRSA and we had a couple of bad secondary flare ups but today, all Julianna has to show for the experience is a good story to tell her friends and a badass scar on her calf.

    Thinking of and praying for you, Eagle. I hope my war story wasn’t too tedious.

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  138. Eagle – It’s good to see that you haven’t lost your sense of humor! I’m glad to hear that there are good people near by who are coming to rally around you.

  139. Eagle,

    It’s so great to see you in the comment thread. We’ve been missing you! Discussions aren’t the same without our Eagle. I’m sorry you’re having such trouble with the infection. And who knew of the dangerous side effects of your meds (wanting to hear a John Piper sermon). ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you had a nice visit with Leila, and I know Dee and Deb will be an encouragement to you also. Praying for health and recovery…

  140. SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!!!! Still praying for your, Eagle. Hang in there and KNOW that you are much loved by all us here and at Internet Monk. Lean on Jesus. He wants you to.

  141. Still praying for you big-time, Eagle.

    By the way, did you get the Mickey Mouse t-shirt I sent you, personally inscribed by Mark Dever?

    *G* … but I kid the Eagle …

  142. EAGLE, so good to see you posting again. Still praying for you dude; hope it’s really not spreading and so jealous of those who get to meet you in person-wish it was me!

  143. Brother Eagle…..don't piss off one of us nurses and earn a catheter. Really, you are so lifted in prayer, and all us medical types want to swarm in and check on your care. Know you feel like poop and are isolated and miserable….but it is part of being the one in the hospital bed. Rest, get therapy, be decent to your nurses….and know that God and tons of us love you for no reason at all except that you are our Eagle. Please get better and come back to harass us and make us think and love God and each other!

  144. Hey Eagle – I checked with my husband about touring the Naval Academy and he doesn’t think it would be a problem. So when you’re up and at ’em, we can get together and make that happen. You should also compare notes about trains – his grandfather was a B&O Railroad engineer and he has some interesting family stories to tell.

  145. Hang in there Eagle!

    Glad to hear they are giving meds to help in the pain area, and will pray that the antibiotics will kick in soon to fight off this infection!

    Stay strong!

  146. Dee,

    I know you're doing a wonderful job taking care of our buddy!


    You are probably just beginning to realize how blessed you are to know Dee personally. She is a Good Samaritan and a fantastic friend!

  147. I’ve been lurking here off and on here for a while. I don’t usually comment on blogs but when Dee mentioned that you were a Model Railroad fan I had to post. I’ve been praying for you. I have a Youtube video blog of me working on my layout. There’s over 400 videos you can watch while you recover.


    I also have a website with a ton of picture of construction progress on my layout:


    I hope you have a speedy recovery.



  148. I haven’t really had much in the way of direct conversation with you, Eagle, but I have consistently loved reading what you write and seeing what you add to the discussions. I admire your honesty and straight-shooting, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it again. Get well soon, and God bless; you’re in my prayers.

  149. Good to see you on here, Eagle. I know what you mean about nurses becoming rather numb to the suffering. I’ve spent nearly a year (total over the last several years) in hospitals with terminally ill children – I’ve seen it all. But sometimes we’d have nurses that were absolutely amazing and so in tune, too. Made things so much more bearable. I hope you get one like that tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  150. Good to see Eagle back on the site ๐Ÿ™‚ Re nurses, I knew one very well and I think they have different coping mechanisms. I thought she had a bit of a sick sense of humour, but that was probably how she got through the day.

  151. @Eagle “Is that HO or N?” N Scale

    “What rail line are you modeling?” BNSF. No specific location. I do some rail fanning too. We’ve got a major yard here in town and I used to take the kids to watch the trains roll by. It’s been a while though. I need to get out and do some more now that I have a half decent DSLR.

    “The couple of vรญdeos I have watched, are amazing!!” Thanks!


  152. Hi Eagle,


    Good to read your comments again, and we look forward to the day you walk out of that hospital. You are so blessed to have so many friends all around the world praying and loving you. Thank you Dee and Deb for all you are doing to make this a better world. Keep up the good work.

  153. Eagle,

    Hope you feel better soon. Hospital stays are no fun even in the best of circumstances, so here’s wishing you health, healing, laughter and most importantly, relief from the relentless boredom. God bless you and get well soon.

  154. Eagle, I’m wondering where you ever got the space for O SCALE.

    And as for “heritage program” fallen-flag liveries, in SF gaming I kept suggesting using fallen-flag railroad liveries on merchie starships. (Can you imagine a Firefly or Traveller ship in ATSF warbonnet or SP Daylight?)

  155. Eagle, now that you are reconnected to the WWW, wanted to say that you’ve been in our thoughts and prayers (sincerely not tongue n cheek Evangel-o-hype). Now would you please end your little attention getting stunt and get well ( :>))! Please!

  156. Eagle, I was in a thrift store today and saw a train setup – and my first thought was of you. Hope you are doing all you can to stay hydrated. Lots of water in that lovely hospital mug! You can’t see us all sitting out here but your TWW family won’t forget you! Sleep well!

  157. Here in the excessively warm Central Valley I’m praying for you. My dad used to collect trains. I think we have them somewhere. They must be 50-60 years old.

  158. I agree with Heather about drinking lots of water!

    When my daughter was small and my Dad was very ill, she described her ever-present concern for him as having a frown on her brain.

    Eagle, I will have a frown on my brain until you get better! :-;

  159. Eagle,

    There is a big no huge HO train setup at the carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh that is up all year round. I haven’t seen it in a couple of years but every year they add something new and a lot of things are in motion.

    Not too far from you once the leg heals. Stay positive and hang in there.


  160. Eagle: I know next to nothing about train modeling. My grandfather, however, was a hostler on the L & N railroad in SE Kentucky.

  161. I’ve been lurking for quite some time, but I’ve never posted till now. I’ve been out of town and got back to read the news about Eagle. I decided to join tonight just to tell Eagle that I’ve been praying for him and hope he gets well very soon.

  162. Hi Eagle, I hope your white blood cells are winning the fight against the infection! I was lying awake praying for you and the words of Psalm 121 popped into mind and wouldn’t leave. It’s one of my favourites:

    ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills-
    where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

    He will not let your foot slip-
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
    indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

    The Lord watches over you-
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
    the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

    The Lord will keep you from all harm-
    he will watch over your life;
    the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore.’

    May He continue to watch over you.

  163. That’s good news about Eagle, and I am continuing to pray for him and his family.

    I want to thank those who can actually visit him, sharing friendship.

    GRIN, we now know another thing about Eagle, besides his model railroading interests is that he probably does NOT have any cats. I can only imagine the type of havoc that a cat can do to a set up.

  164. This latest update sounds promising. Hang in there, buddy! Interceeding for you to our precious Savior.

  165. “it was the infection talking. His fever is down and he has regained his senses. ”


    I am passionately, joyfully and humbly submitting to your superior knowledge and loving authority in truth.


  166. I had a great visit with Eagle this evening. His vital signs were good, but his right leg looked so painful! Please continue to pray for complete healing.

    He has no idea how long he will be in the hospital and is taking it one day at a time. Eagle was in good spirits and extremely coherent. I enjoyed his sense of humor as we talked.

    Keep praying for our buddy Eagle.

  167. So glad you’re up and walking. Will you need physical therapy? I am, unfortunately, a frequent flyer in that department and may be able to recommend a practice, depending on your location. Hang in there!

  168. Great news, Eagle! I’m continuing to keep you in my prayers.

    Thanks for the D.C. sightseeing tips. Yesterday we toured literally ALL day, finishing with dinner in Georgetown. Today we stopped by Mount Vernon on the way home.

    I’m so glad that you’re able to get around. Don’t overdo it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  169. Remembering you daily as I check for updates here and on I-monk. How wonderful it is to see God loving on you through so many people you have never met. Witness of true Christianity in action.

    From feedback of those who were blessed to visit you I believe I have come to “know” you beyond your blog responses…Know that if I were able I would most certainly come to visit…as it is I am far away with no means to get to you physically. Know that my heart has continued to hold you with much love and lift you in prayer before the merciful heart of Jesus.

    Your pain and suffering from this awful ordeal has to be tremendous if not at times overwhelming. Within your heart where God dwells, as best you can, unite your pain to that of Jesus laying it on the altar of your heart. I’ve done this in the past; closing my eyes, visually embracing the cross upon which Jesus hung, I’d ask Him to bring some good out of my pain. Doing this always gave me strength to endure. I so ask the Blessed Trinity to embrace you in such a way that it cannot but overflow into your experiencing the actual hug (((Eagle))) of God.

    Much Love to you Eagle ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  170. Continuing to pray for you. Too bad their isn’t a railroad hospital so you could do some touring while recouping ๐Ÿ™‚ That would be fun!!

  171. So glad to see you commenting on various posts again Eagle ๐Ÿ™‚

    I pray you will get wonderful care in the special nursing facility. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

  172. Hey Eagle, hoping this move to the skilled nursing facility gives you hope of beating this thing. I hope you see this-can you receive care packages with goodies and if so, do you have any food allergies? I lived at children’s hospital in Los Angeles for seven weeks with my daughter and homemade goodies were like a cool drink of water on a hot day. And if you REALLY like some things over others, post that too. Thx, Lisa
    P.s. -still praying for you

  173. Eagle –

    So sorry about the change and frustration. I can only imagine what is going on for you. I will keep praying that you heal fast and get out of rehab ASAP. Take care of yourself and try not to stress — think trains!

  174. Eagle, there’s a possibility my husband and I could pop down to Virginia for a visit on Saturday if they’ve still got you on lock down. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you still have my business card with my email addy, shoot me an email.

  175. Still thinking about you, and praying for you, Eagle. Kind and gracious heavenly Father, hold our friend Eagle close this day, hide him under the shadow of your wings, uplift and encourage him…

  176. Well, I just blew my cork over at IM on hearing this latest update.

    O, Eagle, so so sorry that you are back at the hospital. My prayers are yours.

    BTW, You responded with such compassion to one of my posts awhile back…

    Take care & be well, you are appreciated & loved for speaking for those of us who cannot put to words the damage done…

  177. Eagle, may your body find an ally in this fight against infection. May your heart be comforted by knowing we care for you (the good care, not the other one.) May your soul find rest in the palm of God’s hand.

  178. Eagle, I continue to pray for you. May you experience God’s love and grace during this very difficult time. I wish I could put on my mommy and nurse hats and come to DC to make sure everyone was treating you right.

  179. Please Lord won’t you once again show us your great compassion and mercy by healing our beloved Eagle.

  180. I am also agreeing with those praying for your recovery, Eagle, and for peace in these unexpected turnabouts.

  181. Someone stole his phone? At the rehab facility? THAT’S NOT RIGHT! I’m screaming for Eagle, GBTC.

  182. As I’ve been doing daily, checking in to get updates on how you are doing. My heart goes out to you, Eagle. So sorry to hear you’re not doing well when things seemed to be a bit better. As always holding you in my thoughts and prayer… Merciful Trinity given Eagle the strength he needs in this awful ordeal, flood his heart and mind and soul with your abiding peace and the experience of your loving presence.

  183. I share Bridget’s outrage. Who does that?

    We prayed for Eagle at our prayer meeting tonight. He’s on our church’s list now. Dear Jesus, give him rest and peace, and a full, quick recovery.

  184. Oh my goodness Eagle. ๐Ÿ™ I’m so sorry things have gone backwards. How frustrating. I know how dreadful those extended stays can be (I was in the hospital for nearly a month, FAR from family once – it was terrifying). I will continue to pray for you.

  185. Meg said: Iโ€™ve been praying and worrying and rooting for you, Eagle. I have no advice, no admonishments, just love for a brother.

    Amen! (or in today’s language, “Like!”)

  186. Eagle,

    So glad you will FINALLY be going home! You have been greatly missed here at TWW. I’m praying for a full recovery from that terrible infection. Take care of yourself!

  187. Hi Eagle, just back after few days vacation, checking in to get an update. Glad to hear you’re home which means there’s improvement to be grateful for. If I were closer I’d gladly help you out but unfortunately that’s not the case. Continuing to hold you in my heart, praying for God to abundantly bless you and continue to heal you on every level. ๐Ÿ™‚