Dick Richters | CaringBridge

Dick Richters

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On Wednesday 1-31-2018 Dick fell hitting his head. The impact caused a severe brain injury resulting in bleeding in the upper brain on both the left and right sides. The area affected is referred to as the motor strip. This is the area that controls movement. There may be damage in areas of brain affecting speech and the ability to wake. He is now unable to move his arms, legs and appears to just sleep.
No injuries to the neck, back or spinal cord have been found.  His condition deteriorated through Thursday morning. At this point his only response to verbal command is an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.  He is on meds to control blood pressure, intracranial pressure and swelling
The doctor says it be a long time before we know the long term affects of this injury.
On Thursday a feeding tube was put in as well as an intracranial pressure monitor.  CAT scan indicates slight increase in bleeding and swelling. No obvious physical changes.  An EEG was done indicating what the doctor calls a stuporous state.
Friday.  CAT scan  indicates swelling and blood pool is stable. No physical changes.
Saturday. 2-3-2018
He opened his eyes.  At times he seems to follow people or look toward voices with eyes. This only lasts for a minute or two at a time.  He has moved his lower arms from his side to his stomach. This is the first sign that he has some control of his limbs.
However he does not respond to verbal command.

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