Lloyd Gordon's Journal
Healing and Heroes :)
Written Mar 8, 2014 8:05pmIn his next step of recovery, Lloyd underwent a successful shoulder surgery this past Friday. His badly broken collarbone had healed incorrectly and has been pushing into his shoulder, causing a lot of pain. The medical team at Metro corrected the break and cleaned up his shoulder. Lloyd will be wearing a pretty hefty sling for 6 weeks and have quite a bit of soreness for a while. Please keep him and a full recovery in your thoughts and prayers.
In other news, Eric and Adele Flynn have been honored with the American Red Cross’s Real Hero Award (http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/03/07/american-red-cross-lorain-county-chapter-selects-real-... will be formally recognized on March 27th at 12:30 at the Elyria Red Cross for their instant action in helping to save Lloyd’s life.Without their quick response and smart thinking, Lloyd would never have had the opportunity to make his miraculous recovery. For Lloyd – our neighbor, friend,husband, and father – we are so grateful to Adele and Eric. Thank you and we love you!
As always, thank you so much for your love, prayers, and support!
This is Lloyd
Written Jan 17, 2014 11:29pm
This is Lloyd. The kids thought it would be a good idea for me to post an update since it’s been so long and I’m feeling up to it now.
It has been over five months since my accident but the heartfelt support and love of all my family, friends, and the community is still fresh in my mind. Every day I realize how lucky I am to be here. Adele and Eric’s quick response, the instant arrival of the EMS and life flight, the skilled care of the staff at Metro, the unceasing love of my wife Sue, and especially your prayers have all saved my life.
The doctors say I’m healing very well and I can feel my strength and motor skills slowly returning. Therapy is becoming less frequent as I continue to improve. I can feel the nerves in my face slowly healing which gives me strange tingling sensations and the occasional “zinger” which really hurts.
I have a few challenges that will take time to learn to live with. I did lose the vision in my left eye, and my right eye has some peripheral vision issues which basically gives me a “tunnel vision”. If I run into you in the hallway I probably just didn’t see you! I can still see to read, watch TV, and enjoy seeing my friends. My hearing wasn’t all that great before the accident but it has become a little worse. If I don’t acknowledge something please forgive me and just say it louder. My balance has been affected and my therapy focuses on improving this. I will be having a shoulder surgery in March and will likely have another surgery for my nose at some point.
Through all of the testing they did find an aneurysm in my brain which I could have been born with and might not be related to the accident. We are still trying to decide whether a brain surgery to correct this would be worth the risk. I am most thankful that I have not suffered any memory loss or any serious brain damage that would have a long term effect. I’ve still been able to participate in decision making around the farm, and I have also been able to participate in my regular trustee and civic functions. For the most part my discomfort has been minimal.Thank God I’m still able to play with my grandson!
I am constantly overwhelmed by the support everyone has shown me and my family. All of the cards, prayers, love, and charity have been truly humbling. Our neighbors and friends have really been amazing through these tough times. Since I have not been able to drive, my friends have taken me to various functions when Sue is working and not available. It is a wonderful feeling to know that so many people came together for the dinner, fundraiser, and blood drives. I’m so proud to be a part of this community and I am forever grateful for your caring, kindness, and support. Please keep me in your prayers, as you are all in mine.
Thank you and God bless you all!
Lloyd and Sue Gordon
Busy as a farmer during harvest season!
Written Oct 21, 2013 8:32pm
Dad is still getting better and better each day! His walking is looking more natural, sitting is less uncomfortable, dexterity is getting much better, and even his hand-eye coordination is improving. It will probably take at least six months for his brain to compensate and get used to seeing out of only his right eye. He and my mom have switched spots at the dinner table so Dad can see everyone better. He is frustrated that writing is difficult (dexterity, vision, and coordination) because he wants to write thank you cards! Although he can walk well, he still needs a cane or scooter if he is going far or will be up for long. Dad never liked missing his lunchtime nap but now he needs 2 or 3 a day! Between naps, home therapy, visiting people, and having visitors, he and Mom are busy bees! Just in the past week and half they have gone to Mass, trustee meetings, an Engine Club luncheon, helped press apple cider, deliver milkshakes to combining farmers and they even made a trip to my house in Cuyahoga Falls to take Matthew to Boo at the Zoo!
The upcoming few weeks will only get busier as Dad is now healthy enough to travel more to doctors’ appointments and therapy sessions. My parents are loving visiting with people and getting the chance to thank everyone in person but please make sure to call to check availability. We appreciate your understanding and continued support! :)