Thursday, June 23, 2005

Update on 1st Sgt Brad Kasal

Yesterday the 1st Sgt was admitted into Balboa Naval Hospital for observation and intervening antibiotics due to "mild" infection in some of his wounds (where the pins go through his leg and attach to the devise). The team of doctors, who all care for the 1st Sgt with the utmost respect and concern, decided to remove many of the larger pins from his leg. This was done for precautionary as well as therapeutic reasons. The fewer pins in his leg the better in terms of possible infection. Also, many of the pins cause a lot of pain and restrict mobility, so removing them gave Brad some instant relief.

Good news after the surgery. Some of the doctors think that he is healing at such a good rate that the devise might be able to be removed in 10 days to 2 weeks. That would be fantastic. Of course Brad's primary doctor is out of the loop right now, as the Corps has him up at Camp Pendelton for a week of "exercises", so Brad will consult with him late next week and the final decision will be made on what comes next and when.

Continue to pray that Brad will have no infections, and his spirits will remain high. He's been cooped up for nearly 8 months now. Knowing the type of person Brad is, that is probably more painful than the injury itself.