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Frolicking Dino
2008-04-29, 12:56
I rarely post these on BBs, but this is one I think you guys will understand:

Below is a message from a family from our church. Their daughter,Lacey Isbell, has been staying with them while her husband is in Iraq:

-------- Original Message -------- Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:28:31 +0000
Matt Isbell was wounded Monday in Iraq in a rocket attack.
He sustained the following injuries: a concussion,
ruptured ear drums, a possible broken left hand/fingers, a
bad cut on his right arm, and was banged up from head to
toe. He also has hearing impairment and flash blindness
from the blast. He is in the hospital in Iraq and will be
undergoing treatment and observation.

Lacey has spoken to him and he is in good spirits. Please
continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Due to the anxiety of repeating this to everyone, Lacey asks that you refrain from
calling her, but please keep them in your continuous prayers.

2008-04-29, 20:31
For Lacey, her family and all our sisters and brothers in uniform. Amen.

2008-04-29, 21:13

2008-04-30, 10:29
Thanks for letting us know this. Will keep this family in my prayers.

SGT Rock
2008-05-01, 12:40
Here is to a speedy recovery.

Also, I know is doesn't sound good. BUT it is a good sign that they didn't have to evacuate him out of Iraq. If they didn't evacuate out of Iraq - it means he isn't hurt too bad. He should recover well.

Frolicking Dino
2008-05-01, 21:33
Please continue the prayers-
Update on Matt Isbell:

He saw a neurologist today and thus far his concussion,
hearing loss, and eye sight has not improved. The Dr.
said that he will have some permanent hearing loss and
they are sending him to a audiologist tomorrow for more
testing. He has a check up scheduled for Sunday with the
neurologist. If his concussion has not improved any, they
are going to run an MRI. If his vision has not improved
they will be sending him to another location in Iraq for
further testing. He is also showing some signs of short
term memory loss, but they are not sure yet if that will
be temporary or permanent.

We greatly appreciate everyone's love, thoughts, and
prayers during this difficult time.

Ginger (his mother-in-law)

2008-05-02, 12:04
Much love and good thoughts to the family.

2008-05-02, 14:56
Much love and good thoughts to the family.

Ditto that!! Many prayers and good thoughts for this young man and for all those who serve, thanks.

2008-05-03, 12:15
May God be with him and the family.

2008-05-04, 20:18
Sad news, indeed. The more prayers, the better, so thanks for sharing this.

Wishing the family and wounded family speedy healing.


Frolicking Dino
2008-05-05, 11:15
First, Lacey asked me to thank you for the prayers for her and Matt.

Matt's sight and concession is not improving and he is being transferred to a hospital with a more extensive neurology department in Iraq. If they are unable to help him or to determine what is wrong, he will be transferred to hospital in Germany.

Lacey is a young woman - early 20s - and the thought that her husband may be deaf, blind or have significant brain injury is obviously causing her a great deal of stress. Please pray for her as well as Matt.

2008-05-05, 16:06
I have included them in my prayers and will continue to do so. May God watch over all of you as I know it is hard on you as well.

Frolicking Dino
2008-05-06, 16:47
Update on Matt Isbell from his mother-in-law:

Matt is being sent to a hospital in Germany for an MRI.
His concussion, hearing, and vision have improved
slightly. He is still stuttering, but remains in good
spirits. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and


2008-05-06, 22:32
All my best. May he recover well and soon. God bless Brother.

Frolicking Dino
2008-05-10, 18:21
Please continue your prayers. This young man is starting to show signs of advancing neuro deficits - things like studdering that is getting worse and inabilty to convert thoughts to words. They are still not sure what is going on. He is still awaiting an MRI.

Gypsy Preacher
2008-05-16, 03:11
I'll tell our folks in the church here about Lacey and Matt. One thing I can say about our church here is that they are real "Prayer Warriors" and this situation will get prayed for in a huge way.

We praise God that our son was never injured during his 2 tours to Iraq, and we never had to ask for such prayers for ourselves. So we saved up those requests for such a time as this.

2008-05-16, 19:48
Matt and Lacey have my prayers, too. If Matt has been sent to the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, he's getting the best of care. My grandson had two major surgeries there. The medical staff is outstanding.

Frolicking Dino
2008-05-28, 21:23
The MRI in Germany was inconclusive as to why Matt is not improving. He is now in a military hospital in Georgia (I don't know which one). Lacey will be allowed to see him in a few days when they get his condition a bit more stable.

2008-05-31, 20:33
Glad to hear he's back in the US and his wife will get to see him soon.

Frolicking Dino
2008-06-02, 20:10
Matt was given a three day furlough from the hospital due to his younger brother's wedding, He look great, but stutters, has remaining problems with his sight and he has some pretty serious problems with his short-term meory. The concussion is finally deminishing and he is able to converse more freely (he can find the words most of the time now).

He is in the hospital in Augusta, GA.

Frolicking Dino
2008-06-20, 10:57
An update - Matt's hearing, speech and sight are getting much better, but his short-term memory is not. It has been decided that he will never be sent into combat again as another (even mild) head injury would likely be fatal. He appears to have permanent brain damage from this. He is a rehab facility at the VA hospital in Augusta GA now

2008-06-20, 11:55
prayers for our wounded
and for our words, and thoughts

2008-06-30, 09:27
keep the faith. I received a head injury in a bad car accident and it took a long time to recover my memories and become fully functional. Love, support and patience will help for a full recovery. I will keep him in my prayers and believe in that full recovery.