While doing his oral care routine, Tony discovered an infection under the flap along the left jaw bone.

We sent out a Facebook request calling on our prayer warriors and headed to the VA ER in Salt Lake City just before 2 pm on New Year’s Eve. As it was Sunday, our church meetings were about to start, so we stopped in quickly to find Brother Isle and Brother Jensen to have them give Tony a blessing.

There wasn’t really any other choice, even though it was New Year’s Eve. We needed to be at the facility that had all of Tony’s history and a specialist on-call. Fortunately, the VA ER wasn’t very busy so Tony’s exposure to the flu virus that has been running rampant was low.

Tony on New Year's Eve

We drew another blessing card when the surgeon we had worked with on the earlier infection walked in the door. He inspected Tony’s mouth and ordered a CT scan. We caught the infection early enough that he could prescribe an antibiotic and send us home. We were relieved that it didn’t require a hospital stay and more surgery!

We made it home just in time to ring in the new year. Look at how exhausted we were!

Tony and Debra on New Year's Eve