Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Update on John's Wound! It's Healing!

John's wound is healing up! Yay! After three months of dealing with the effects of a motorcycle crash, John is ready to be free of anything medically related. We realized last night that since December 28th, a little less than 3 months ago, John has spent 28 days in three different hospitals, spent endless hours at doctors' offices, taken more pills than most little old men (John's words) and seen God's healing in huge miraculous ways and little wonderful ways!

Be warned some of the following photos may be a little icky for you.

This first picture I took the second week of January during John's second day at Swedish rehab hospital. It looks harmless enough, but the hemotoma (sac of blood) underneath it made it for a VERY SLOWLY healing injury.

The wound just after surgery. The surgeon had cleaned all the icky infection out. Notice how deep and big it is. Big enough for a golf ball to almost fit. John's friend Jimmy told him, "I thought that since doctors are such golf fans, they would replace their divits."

A wound vac is a device that puts a sponge into the wound and then a hose is attached to a little machine. The machine literally sucks out the bad blood and skin and speeds up healing. Three plastic surgeons invented this thing. They are very rich men now!

John has dealt with walking around or sleeping or sitting with a hose attached to him for a little over two weeks. He said to me yesterday, "I really make this hose look good, don't I?" :0) Absolutely baby!

And this is the wound yesterday! All the red is new capillaries producing new skin. The wound surgeon said John may not have to wear the wound vac for much longer because it is healing so quickly!

Thank you for praying for the Iobst clan through the past 3 months. God is faithful and you are prayer warriors and that equals the peace and healing and joy of the Lord landing on our family! Yay!!


Money Honey said...

Terry thinks that God left his mark on John's leg in that first picture. Doesn't it look like there is a cross over it? You know - like that guy that saw the head of Jesus on his toast? No, seriously.

Robbie Iobst said...

Karen, I am laughing out loud! :0) Uh...well...maybe. I never noticed the cross but I will make sure John knows what you said. :0)

Joanna said...

His wound looks so much better. The first time I saw the divot, I figured it would take a good couple of months at least to heal. Praise the Lord for His healing hands! He is the Great Physician!

D. Gudger said...

I like your gross pictures. They are fascinating!

Robbie Iobst said...

Joanna, Thanks for our talk yesterday and your constant encouragment!

Darcie, You are so fun! I find this whole wound process fascinating, too. Especially since it will end soon. :0)

Jan Parrish said...

Praise God! It's amazing how well he is healing.

Momstheword said...

Doing so much better! It has been an extra long haul for him. Getting an infection is almost a given these days, thanks to super bugs.