I would like to give an update on Levi II’s condition. First, I want to thank so many of you that have prayed for him and his family during this trying time. For those not familiar, I have the incident below.
Tuesday night we did FaceTime with Levi and Amy. Earlier in the day the doctor had removed the 8 pins that were holding the 3 fingers together. Amy actually videoed the whole procedure and we were able to view it. Isn’t technology wonderful?? It was somewhat painful to watch though.
The prognosis wasn’t the best news, but not the worst. The bone in the middle and index fingers didn’t grow back together as hoped for. At present, they will not do anything further for awhile. In a few months a plate will probably be placed on the middle finger ( the one cut off ), and a knuckle replacement on the index finger. There is a real possibility that these fingers won’t really work in the future, but at least he will have the fingers there. A piece is being made for these two that somehow will allow Levi to learn to use the two remaining fingers and thumb. He is still in great spirits and has been working everyday for a few weeks now. God has been good.
Thank you so much again for your prayers and thoughts. It really has meant a lot.
Below is the original post explanation of the incident.
I was in the cell phone office yesterday when I received a call from my daughter-in-law Amy from Oregon. She has a soft voice and at first I didn’t detect a problem; but immediately after the first words I knew something was wrong.
Amy and Levi, my son, are building a new home on some land. They had purchased part of a 100+ year old barn for the wood and had it milled to use for flooring in their new home. Levi was cutting a piece of wood when his hand accidentally hit the table saw blade and cut off his middle finger, and brutally damaged his index finger and thumb.
He cried out for Amy and she got him into the car after picking up the remains of his cutoff finger. There was a fire department about 5 miles away and she pulled in since they were miles from a hospital. They were speedy about calling an ambulance and within minutes he was in the best hospital in Oregon for orthopedics. It proved for certain that The Lord directed Amy there unbeknownst to her at the time.
She was in tears as she told me what had happened. Her voice was quivering, understandably. He was on his way into surgery. She said he was joking about it to hospital staff just as I did last year when a similar, but lesser accident happened to me with a table saw. Maybe he an I should retire from table saws. No, we will respect them more!!!
She called an hour or so later and reported that he was in surgery and would be for 11-12 hours to reattach his finger. In the early morning this morning she called and reported that all was in place; and that we will all know within five days if it will take and be a fairly normal finger. It’s a 50/50 surgery. We’re praying that The Lord will heal it. He is in the ICU now and will be in the hospital for 5-7 days.
One instant all is well and the next instant he is missing a finger. When talking to him today he told me that it will only be missing awhile if it doesn’t take. He said ” when I get to Heaven I’ll get a perfect one back”. I smiled and said that’s right son. And he is right. I just wrote of Heaven the other day on this blog. I wrote of the future “ages” before us. But during these ages we will be in perfect bodies. Because of living in a sinful world we will always have incidence come up like this, but these are only temporary setbacks. We again will be perfect in our bodies one day soon.
I just received another call from Amy about an hour ago (the next day). Levi went into surgery for 5 hours today to try to repair his index finger and thumb. The surgeon said that he thought that his left hand would more than likely be a “helper hand”. Both were very “mangled”. Please pray for my son, Levi II and family during this time. They would be very much appreciated.