Marine Injured in Afghanistan recovering, lets pray for all

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Family, we have 15 other Marines that were hurt at Kabul

and are at Walter Reed.... Lets keep them in our Thoughts and Prayers..... This is some Good News from the Mom of Cpl Kelsee Lainhart...

KELSEE’S MOM: “Happy Sunday! The last 2 days have been really good. Her fever has subsided and she is starting to feel so much better. Slowly, she is getting more and more tubes and IVs removed. Yesterday (9/4), she had another 2-Star General visit her along with his wife. They were extremely nice and gave Kelsee some encouraging words along with thanking her for her service and telling her how proud they are of her. She really enjoyed their visit. It was a big day for her as she was able to get out her spinal fluid drains which allowed her to get out of bed for the very first time since she had arrived here. It was a big task. They literally put a harness underneath her body and use a hoist to raise her in the air to move her to the chair. But she did it and was able to sit upright. There are about 15 other injured Marines or Navy corpsman (please continue to pray for all of them) here and one of them happened to be one that pulled her to safety after the blast. His name is Cpl Wyatt Wilson. He also sustained some serious injuries and has been recovering in the ICU. He had asked to see Kelsee once he was able to get out of bed as well. So they both made it to a chair for the first time. His parents, wife, and nurses wheeled him down to Kelsee's room and he sat in his wheelchair outside her room as anyone entering her room needs to have protective capes and gloves. His jaws are currently wired shut so he brought a white board with him to write on so they could communicate with one another. They communicated back and forth for about 15 mins. Before he left he asked if he could be wheeled in to touch her hand so we agreed and they put the gloves and cape on him so he could enter her room. It was very touching. They did not know one another before this, but I'm certain they will have a bond for life. After he left, she had a little bit of a meltdown because her neck was freezing and thought we were all stupid because we couldn't understand why she was so cold. She kept saying that it feels like there is cold metal touching her in the upper to mid area of her back and we were not moving fast enough to get her a warm blanket. Mind you, we had not seen her incision from her spinal surgery yet. They had removed the dressing earlier that day and it was the first time she had been out of bed, so we had no idea that she had around 26 staples running from the middle of her deck down to the upper portion of her back. So she was right...there was metal in her back and it was COLD. We laughed about it later, but she was quite a drama queen for a minute. Her favorite nurse, Rebecca, was back for the night. We absolutely love Rebecca and contribute Kelsee's improvement over the last several days to Rebecca. We helped Rebecca and another favorite nurse, Sara, get Kelsee back in bed. Rebecca was so excited to see that Kelsee was sitting up in a chair when she came into work. Rebecca and Sara asked Kelsee if she would want to get outside in the morning and watch the sunrise. Of course, Kelsee said yes. So Rebecca and Sara said they would get her ready around 6 and they would take her to the rooftop around 6:30am on to watch the sunrise. Glen and I left about 10:30 to get some rest to be back at 6:30am to see the sunrise with Kelsee. Sunday (9/6). We got to the hospital about 6:20am and Rebecca and Sara were prepping Kelsee to move to a wheelchair. We helped hoist her over and all of us went to a rooftop garden. First of all it was beautiful, but more beautiful was to see Kelsee up and looking good and outside. Rebecca and Sara have been a godsend. She has a lot of GREAT nurses (Mary, Nicole, Jessica, Terry), but she has created a special bond with Rebecca and Sara....their personalities fit well. I pray her rehab nurses are as amazing as these two. Kelsee loved getting outside and enjoying some fresh air. We stayed outside for about 15 mins and then had to get back before all the doctors wondered where she was at. The doctors that visited her today have been extremely impressed with her progress and think she'll be out of ICU by Tuesday. She has been able to drink more water and she was able to brush her teeth on her own. She has a very positive attitude right now and says that she is ready to get rehab going. I think she'll be much better once the splint is off her arm and she has the IVs out, so she can actually use her arms to help push herself up in her chair and/or move around. Hopefully that will be soon. She knows it's going to be a long rehab time....they are telling us 18 to 24 months, but she says she is ready to get rehab started and that not walking is not an option for her. So I have faith that she is going to do everything in her power to walk again. I know she can do it. So please continue to pray that her body is able to fully recover and that her spinal cord injury is temporary. She has agreed to finally let me post some pictures. She didn't want pictures posted when she was at her worst, but to me, she looks beautiful in all of them.”

Family, we have 15 other Marines that were hurt at Kubal and are at Walter Reed.... Lets keep them in our Thoughts and Prayers..... This is some Good News from the Mom of Cpl Kelsee Lainhart... KELSEE’S MOM: “Happy Sunday! The last 2 days have been really good. Her fever has subsided and she is starting to feel so much better. Slowly, she is getting more and more tubes and IVs removed. Yesterday (9/4), she had another 2-Star General visit her along with his wife. They were extremely nice and gave Kelsee some encouraging words along with thanking her for her service and telling her how proud they are of her. She really enjoyed their visit. It was a big day for her as she was able to get out her spinal fluid drains which allowed her to get out of bed for the very first time since she had arrived here. It was a big task. They literally put a harness underneath her body and use a hoist to raise her in the air to move her to the chair. But she did it and was able to sit upright. There are about 15 other injured Marines or Navy corpsman (please continue to pray for all of them) here and one of them happened to be one that pulled her to safety after the blast. His name is Cpl Wyatt Wilson. He also sustained some serious injuries and has been recovering in the ICU. He had asked to see Kelsee once he was able to get out of bed as well. So they both made it to a chair for the first time. His parents, wife, and nurses wheeled him down to Kelsee's room and he sat in his wheelchair outside her room as anyone entering her room needs to have protective capes and gloves. His jaws are currently wired shut so he brought a white board with him to write on so they could communicate with one another. They communicated back and forth for about 15 mins. Before he left he asked if he could be wheeled in to touch her hand so we agreed and they put the gloves and cape on him so he could enter her room. It was very touching. They did not know one another before this, but I'm certain they will have a bond for life. After he left, she had a little bit of a meltdown because her neck was freezing and thought we were all stupid because we couldn't understand why she was so cold. She kept saying that it feels like there is cold metal touching her in the upper to mid area of her back and we were not moving fast enough to get her a warm blanket. Mind you, we had not seen her incision from her spinal surgery yet. They had removed the dressing earlier that day and it was the first time she had been out of bed, so we had no idea that she had around 26 staples running from the middle of her deck down to the upper portion of her back. So she was right...there was metal in her back and it was COLD. We laughed about it later, but she was quite a drama queen for a minute. Her favorite nurse, Rebecca, was back for the night. We absolutely love Rebecca and contribute Kelsee's improvement over the last several days to Rebecca. We helped Rebecca and another favorite nurse, Sara, get Kelsee back in bed. Rebecca was so excited to see that Kelsee was sitting up in a chair when she came into work. Rebecca and Sara asked Kelsee if she would want to get outside in the morning and watch the sunrise. Of course, Kelsee said yes. So Rebecca and Sara said they would get her ready around 6 and they would take her to the rooftop around 6:30am on to watch the sunrise. Glen and I left about 10:30 to get some rest to be back at 6:30am to see the sunrise with Kelsee. Sunday (9/6). We got to the hospital about 6:20am and Rebecca and Sara were prepping Kelsee to move to a wheelchair. We helped hoist her over and all of us went to a rooftop garden. First of all it was beautiful, but more beautiful was to see Kelsee up and looking good and outside. Rebecca and Sara have been a godsend. She has a lot of GREAT nurses (Mary, Nicole, Jessica, Terry), but she has created a special bond with Rebecca and Sara....their personalities fit well. I pray her rehab nurses are as amazing as these two. Kelsee loved getting outside and enjoying some fresh air. We stayed outside for about 15 mins and then had to get back before all the doctors wondered where she was at. The doctors that visited her today have been extremely impressed with her progress and think she'll be out of ICU by Tuesday. She has been able to drink more water and she was able to brush her teeth on her own. She has a very positive attitude right now and says that she is ready to get rehab going. I think she'll be much better once the splint is off her arm and she has the IVs out, so she can actually use her arms to help push herself up in her chair and/or move around. Hopefully that will be soon. She knows it's going to be a long rehab time....they are telling us 18 to 24 months, but she says she is ready to get rehab started and that not walking is not an option for her. So I have faith that she is going to do everything in her power to walk again. I know she can do it. So please continue to pray that her body is able to fully recover and that her spinal cord injury is temporary. She has agreed to finally let me post some pictures. She didn't want pictures posted when she was at her worst, but to me, she looks beautiful in all of them.”

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