Timothy Walthinsen Timothy Walthinsen

First post: 5/24/2016 Latest post: 7/18/2016
On Monday morning, May 16th, Tim and his dad Terje were is a horrific head-on collision on Santiam Pass.  Miraculous assistance was provided and Tim as well as his dad were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where he was found to have a serious Basilar skull fracture with traumatic brain injury.  He also sustained chest trauma resulting in the placement of a chest tube.  Currently, he is in ICU, on a ventilator and is sedated to keep him settled, giving time to heal.  Through this past week, he has experienced many ups and downs which is to be expected, yet requires much patience and faith.  He had a craniotomy (removed a piece of his skull) to assist in managing his brain pressures and allow for his brain to have room to heal.  Since this time, he has had "sedation holidays" in which they lighten his sedation to see how he is doing neurologically.  Most recently, he has squeezed the hands of his children and sweet wife Rosemary.  We have also found he doesn't really like oral care.  These are all good signs, but we recognize this is going to be a slow process as they don't want to push this too quickly.

Today he is stable enough for the repair of his right arm.  This has been put on the back burner for the last week as there were more pressing issues to deal with.  This again feels like a step in the right direction.  

When you step into Tim's ICU room, there is a sense of calm and peace despite the chaos of tubes, bells, machines and IV meds and fluids.  There is a beautiful photo collage of his sweet family and a photo of Tim and Terje together.  We have hung BMPR2BMPR t-shirts along the walls.  We sing to him, pray over him, talk with him, read to him, hold his hand and play music.  There is an overwhelming peace of the Lord present.  He's got this.  He knows all of Tim's innerworkings and we hold tight to that.  He is sovereign. Thank you Jesus. 

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