Blake Hughes

First post: Jul 13, 2022 Latest post: Sep 11, 2022

July 16, 2022
I have been witness to the power of prayer many times in my life, but none more than I have the last five days. We have felt the prayers ushered to the throne of our Mighty Miracle Working Heavenly Father on his behalf. To know that we are not alone during this time brings great comfort and peace to Scott, Cassie, Scott S., Taylor (Blake's fiancé) and myself.

Blake story's thus far is a let me catch you up. 

Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12
At around 11:00 pm Blake was involved in a single car accident just one mile from his home in Rydal. He was transported to Piedmont Cartersville where it was confirmed that he sustained head trauma, but no other injuries. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, we sat as a family and heard the words that no one wants to hear. Blake's condition was critical...He had crashed upon arrival, was too unstable to transport, required emergency brain surgery, and might not make it through.  At 3:00 am, Neurosurgeon , Said Elshihabi V, M.D., began performing emergency surgery for a right frontoparietal temporal craniotomy for evacuation of a large acute epidural hematoma. Three hours later Dr. E notified us that surgery went as planned. Things were touch and go, but he was able to stop the bleeding and the hematoma was removed. Blake's vitals were stable but we would have to take things hour by hour. The decision was made to transport Blake as soon as possible to Wellstar Cobb where they were better prepared for possible issues that could arise. Life Flight delivered Blake to WC at about 9:30 am. A repeat CT upon arrival showed that a second surgery would not be needed. He responded to being pinched but remained in a medically induced coma throughout the day. Blake was breathing on his own over the vent. They began weaning him from sedation.

Wednesday, July 13
Blake opened his eyes to find his Dad and I when we arrived in the morning. He reached for my hand and tried to kiss it.  I told him hello and he waved. I told him I loved him and he signed I love you. The vent was removed mid morning. A repeat CT showed the swelling and midline shift was basically resolved. It did show that he had a couple of small strokes due to the prolonged swelling prior to surgery. This is not uncommon with the severity of his TBI. Blake is able to move his right arm and legs. However, he is not able to move his left arm. Blake has been able to communicate with us with simple one/two word responses. He does recognize family members. He knows his name and date of birth. Unfortunately at this stage, his short term memory is affected...meaning he does not remember what happened minutes prior. 

Thursday, July 14
Overall Blake has had a good day.  He did manage to get himself out of bed in the early AM. He is making slow, but steady progress. But he has a long way to go. There have been some sweet moments with Blake, even some funny.  He communicates in more complete sentences and uses some phrases and responses that are typical for him. Blake's long term memory is intact, but still struggles with short term. Still out of it most of the day. Still no movement in the left arm. PT got Blake up to stand and take a few steps side to side. Speech therapy failed him on the swallow test only because he was unable to stay awake. 

Friday, July 15
Praise God!! Blake moved his left arm and then later in the day was able to squeeze our hands. He still was not able to stay wake enough to pass the swallow test. They chose to put in a NG tube to ensure he is getting nutrients. Dr. E came for a visit late in the evening. He was very pleased with Blake's progress and removed the drain tube from the surgery site. Today we began the process to get Blake into Shepherd Center for rehabilitation.

It has been an overwhelming emotional roller coaster. I am tired and although I have more to share, I will hold off until tomorrow.  
Thank you for your love and continued prayers. 


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