The kind but candid doctor laid it out for us.
- he will have his wounds washed out every other day
- he will have dozens of surgeries
- his right leg has extensive soft tissue damage and a complicated fracture, meaning it's not a given yet that he'll keep it
- he will require many skin grafts
- there is a bacteria in Afghani soil that he is being give antibiotics for
- his colostomy may very well be permanent because of the extensive damage to his lower torso
- hid pelvic fracture will require lots of pain management
What he has going for him:
- his upper respiratory and cardiovascular system are fine
- there is no apparent head injury
- he has blood flow to his right foot and to his damaged left hand
- he has his hands and all his fingers
- he is extremely strong
- he is an American soldier--the doctor's words, not mine
Right now, it is the kindnesses of friends and strangers that are sustaining us. In Seth's room, there is a beautiful quilt, sown for him by someone we do not know. I have not yet opened the envelope that is addressed to "An American Warrior"--I am waiting until I can share it with Seth, but I held on to that envelope and Bob for dear life as we listened to the litany of Seth's physical liabilities and assets.
Please don't be afraid to call. We will have hours and hours of waiting. If you have the means and the wherewithal, please consider visiting. Seth has a long, long road ahead of him (also the doctor's words) and the more people we have around us, the stronger we'll be.
You may write or send packages to
Walter Reed Medical Center
attn: Seth Pack
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20307