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AMY’S CARING BRIDGE STORY STARTS 3 WEEKS AGO TODAY on the afternoon of Thursday, August 17, 2017 when she was involved in a horrific car accident with a pickup truck on her way home from work. Thank goodness she was wearing her seatbelt. The accident occurred in Union County at State Route 37 West on a sharp curve close to the intersection of Bethlehem-Claibourne Road. Amy was not conscious at the scene of the accident and was transported in Critical Condition to Memorial Hospital of Union County, in Marysville, Ohio. She was Life Flighted shortly thereafter to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio where she continues to remain in Critical Condition.
* As Amy’s condition remains critical, she is not currently accepting visitors. However, her family welcomes messages for her, and will be sure to make sure she receives them.
WEEK 1 - Amy arrived at the hospital with a collapsed lung, which was a contributing factor to her distressed breathing. She therefore required the implementation and assistance of a ventilator for breathing. She also had unexplained fluid in her abdomen, so her medical team performed exploratory surgery to search for the cause of that. During her surgery they found that her diaphragm had been damaged and was contributing to her breathing problems as well, so they repaired it. They also noted multiple lacerations on her liver, and are closely monitoring those. Amy suffered a multitude of other physical injuries as well, including a displaced artery in her neck, a broken clavicle, multiple broken ribs on both her left and right sides, a fractured pelvis, and a skull fracture. She sustained a head injury, which caused excess pressure to build in her head. This pressure was relieved by the insertion of what the doctors referred to as a bolt, which has since been removed from her head. During her first week in the hospital Amy was kept mostly sedated so she could rest and heal.
WEEK 2 - On Thursday, August 24th, one week after her accident, her health team started to wean her off of the heavy sedatives. Amy began to move more on her own, and briefly opened her eyes for the very first time. Needless to say, that was very exciting! On Friday, August 25th they performed a tracheotomy and removed the breathing tubes that had been down her throat, in hopes that they would be able to wean her off of the ventilator. On Saturday, August 26th they started the process of weaning her off of the ventilator, she opened her eyes for about two minutes, and by the end of the day Amy was breathing on her own. Unfortunately, on Sunday, August 27th they had to put her back on the ventilator via a trach tube, as she had developed pneumonia, and therefore still needs the ventilator to help her breathe. However, it is on a low setting, which indicates that her lungs are getting stronger. On Monday, August 28th she opened her eyes again, and also received a feeding tube. On Tuesday, August 29th Amy had a physical therapy session in the morning, which went well, and she kept her eyes open throughout it. That afternoon she was able to follow some commands that the nurse gave her, including to wiggle her toes, and squeeze his hand. Tuesday evening she had an abdomen and chest scan, to look for the source of an unidentified infection, which is causing her to have an elevated fever. On Wednesday, August 30th the results of the scan came back saying that her abdomen looked good. Also, during her physical therapy session, Amy moved her leg down when asked to.
WEEK 3 - On Thursday, August 31st Amy had her eyes open while her family watched the OSU Kickoff Football Game vs. Indiana. She's clearly a Buckeye fan! On the morning of Friday, September 1st she had a good Neurological exam, and also had her 3rd Physical Therapy Session, during which they had her sitting on the side of the bed working on balancing herself, as well as moving a small ball around in her hand. On Monday, September 4th Amy was weaned off of the ventilator. On Tuesday, September 5th she received a chest tube in her right lung to help drain some fluid. On Wednesday, September 6th Amy’s health team finally located the source of the infection that is causing her to have an elevated fever, and are treating it appropriately. She also had her eyes open quite a bit. On Thursday, September 7th she had another Physical Therapy Session, and exhibited some more positive signs of improvement.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 weeks since the accident. Amy continues to make progress and slight improvements, but she has a very long road ahead of her, which will include spending time recovering in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. We are hopeful that her involvement in athletics throughout the years, which has kept her body strong and trained her mind to be competitive, combined with her fighting spirit, will help her along her journey of healing, and continue to see her through all the way to recovery. She will need all of the love and support she can get along the way, and once her condition has been upgraded from critical, and she has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility, we will welcome a multitude of visitors to help lift and keep her spirits up. Until that time, we will continue to update our CaringBridge website, so you can follow Amy’s progress. We appreciate everyone’s outpouring of love for Amy and their offers to help. Right now we are taking things day by day and it’s too soon to tell what her outcome will be, and therefore what our needs are going to be. Once we figure some of those out, we will communicate them on this website as well. We are beyond thankful for all of the support everyone is showing us; it is AMAZING!