Welcome to Allan's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Allan was taken to the VA hospital emergency room on Thursday, February 28, 2019 because of disorientation. After several tests, they determined that he had a subdural hematoma (a build up of blood caused by the rupture of capillaries on the surface of the brain) that was creating pressure in his brain. We're not sure of the exact cause, but they are generally caused by some kind of trauma to the head (even mild to moderate trauma can cause this). He underwent surgery on Friday, March 1 in which the surgeon drilled a hole in the skull and inserted a drain to allow the blood to drain off slowly (a subdural port evacuation). Unfortunately, the drain fell out that evening and it was necessary to do another surgery. The second surgery involved drilling two smaller "burr" holes to flush the blood out. They also installed a drain to ensure that any remaining blood is able to drain out. That surgery was successfully completed on Sunday, March 3. The prognosis is very good and his surgeon expects a full recovery. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Anyone local is also welcome to come by for a visit. Thank you for visiting this page.