Today brought some more exciting news for our family!! Kevin Reichert is doing great in wound care and the abdomen looks so good! His leg is still painful, but improving daily!
The doctors started talking about outpatient care options! We would come to the rehab hospital for about 4 hours every day, but get to sleep outside of the hospital!
We are so excited about this! Kevin and I also wanted to reach out to all of those that have supported us and the generosity shown makes this next phase so much more manageable! Thank you to Melanie Bartlett Kirchmeier, for getting this set up! We are humbled by everyone that gave so generously! Thank you!
Emily asked for specific prayer yesterday. Please see her post from Thursday................
Today's surgery update is a bit of a boring one...but boring is good in our world! The doctors say that Kevin Reichert's wound still looked much the same as it did Monday. While we always hope for cartwheels, we are still in a great position. The majority of the wound looks good. We are still waiting on some areas that are small but significant before we can skin graft.
I was speaking with a friend earlier this week and she was telling me how important it is to be specific in your prayers. My prayer for the coming week about Kevin's wound is about these small areas. The doctor explains that we need granulated tissue over each of them to make a skin graft viable.
I would humbly ask that if you have moments in the next few days before our surgery Monday that would pray specifically for the Lord to do what He sees fit with these small areas of Kevin's wound. I know from all of our family that Kevin has made every prayer list and prayer group between El Paso and Baton Rouge. Pass this request on if you would so that we would see some movement with these areas over the weekend and through next week.
Bring on the next phase of this journey...we are ready Lord!
Kevin Reichert resides on the 6th floor at Parkland Memorial and while our walking treks are getting more frequent and a bit longer, he is comically out of touch with the outside world!
This morning, after a challenging juggling act that began at 5:40am between our own children and all of our sweet Upstream Learning babies, he had this look if pure innocence when he said, "How's your morning been honey?" Our day today was much less challenging than most of yours no doubt!
The surgery update from yesterday is that we are still being patient! In Gods time the mesh will be covered completely...I know this. Waiting for that news is harder some days than others. We are using our time wisely by keeping Kevin moving to build up strength and some endurance so that he will be strong for the next leg of our journey.
Happy Snow Day! I hope you are all snuggled in for the night!
Today was a big day in Kevin Reichert's world! We started the day with some physical therapy...another two laps....way to go honey!!! So proud!
He had no more than laid down from his work out, when we were notified that there were two firefighters being brought to the Burn ICU and they needed to move Kevin because he was their "most stable patient"....I say this means we were making an "A" in the Burn ICU so we had to have some more fierce competitors! Needless to say, we happily handed over our home of the last 13 days to the more needy...praying for those men!
We are now in full operation in an alternate ICU in room 622! We got all moved in and then came the most exciting part of our day!
The doctors have told me that I am very stubborn...I.KNOW.THIS.
Yesterday, they were hesitant to put the wound vacuum back on because they were feeling that the wound needed some topical treatment that they are unable to do because of the seal on the vac. I fought for the wound vac because Kevin has made so much progress with it! This morning, the sweet Chief Resident comes in to tell us that he had done some thinking the night before about how to meet his need of treating the wound topically, and satisfying my requirement! HA! He contacted the company and they sent out a rep to help us! So today, Kevin got an even more advanced vacuum installed that will not only do what the other one did, but also can instill an antibiotic cleansing solution every six hours. The (insert a good car analogy here) of wound vacs! So happy!
The gentlemen also explained (because I am a touch research oriented and did a smidge of grilling) that this vac has a 45% higher/faster rate of healing than the vac with no instilling properties.
Cherry on the day is that I got to come home to our sweet girls and Kevin gets to spend the weekend with some other adorable women! Thank you to Robin Wainright and Cindy Lewis for everything! You both are wonderful!
Kevin Reichert is out of surgery. The docs removed and reinstalled the wound vacuum while in the OR so he didn't experience the pain! They said they had to debride around the entire perimeter of the wound, but a very small amount of the edges. They also told us that the area on the exposed mesh had not changed in size, so they were able to leave it alone again for now.
I did talk to the doctor about our timeline. He said of course he could not predict the future, but that he felt that they would continue in the same fashion for another few weeks. Continue to debride and watch the mesh. At some point in February, they would begin to think about the skin graft for the wound. Of course the skin grafting will not be an easy process because the wound is so large. They will have to take quite a bit of skin from his thighs and calves, which is no fun but has the best possibility of attaching.
Kevin is hopeful, but the time is wearing. He is most ready to be at home and see our girls. We will continue to pray for physical and mental strength through this. He is doing great and has made massive progress! Thank the Lord!
Great day at the Olympics for Kevin Reichert! He made it two laps around our floor today and sat in a reclining chair for about two hours. We are geared up for the debridement surgery tomorrow...second on the OR docket! Prayers for the doctors hands that it will be another good day! Also, praying that we will continue to be able to stay away from the mesh that is holding his hernia!
Thanks so much for a fun dinner with Gloria Triana Tanguay and Mike Tanguay with our sweet girls in Georgetown! I know they are having big fun as I type. You guys are wonderful and we so appreciate everything you've done for our family!
Kevin Reichert had an Olympic style day today! He got up and ran laps...well not exactly...but he did walk for the first time since our arrival at Parkland! He was able to walk down the hall to the restroom and back! This took it out of him, but I was very proud!
He also got a great bath and hair washing! He feels like a new man all around! We had a fun lunch with a friend of mine from high school, Alison McCleskey Zvolanek, and settled in for the evening!
Hope you all had an equitably productive day!! Love you!
Our toughest hour of the day is over! The wound vacuum change for Kevin Reichert was hard, but not as hard as last week. The pain management group was here the whole time and were able to give him IV meds to help. I know it is all relative, but he is still hurting which I just hate!
The positive is that last week the process took up to 3 hours. Today they were able to do it all in about 50 minutes...so at least if he was in pain....it was for a shorter amount of time.
Thank you for the prayers this morning...much felt and appreciated. I hope he will just be able to rest for the remainder of the day and then we will have a good day tomorrow!
A quick shout out to Linda Reichert for keeping our sweet girls this week! We are so grateful for the wonderful care for our babies...it sure makes all of this easier!
My cousin, Kevin Reichert, and his family have a journey of healing in front of them. Kevin is currently at Parkland Burn Unit in Dallas. His sweet wife, Emily Reichert, is traveling back and forth from Georgetown where they reside with their two girls, Hannah and Grace. Medical bills are increasing but also the travel expense, hotel stays, and meal costs are starting to build.
Kevin's family has felt the prayers of their friends and family. This is a way for us to show our support for a wonderful father, husband, son, brother, and friend.
Also, if anyone wants to send a check to Kevin and Emily......please send to Melanie Kirchmeier, PO Box 1030, Salado TX 76571 payble to Kevin Reichert. We will be sure to hand deliver them.
Lord bless this family and heal Kevin in Your perfect time, to the glory of your name, YHWH.
Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, oh Lord, and I will be healed, save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.