Sep 27, 2018 Latest post:
Dec 20, 2018
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On Thursday, September 20th DJ was in a car wreck on his way to work. He was wearing his seat belt, and the air bag deployed. He had difficulty throughout the weekend with headaches, ringing in his ears, lethargy, and some vision concerns. He continued to go to work over the weekend, presented as "normal" for most of the weekend, mowed the lawn and helped me with some things around the house Sunday afternoon. By Sunday evening I was going to take him to get checked out, but he kept telling me he was fine, and took some Ibuprofen and laid down. Monday morning he was unresponsive, and I had to call 911. Upon arrival to the ER they did a CT Scan and discovered he had a brain bleed and had to have emergency surgery. They removed a blood clot, and stopped the bleeding between the brain and his skull, and then removed a good size of the left part of his skull to manage the swelling. Early Tuesday morning started out as an extremely rough day. He had to have emergency brain surgery again due to bleeding in the brain and bleeding between the brain and his skull. The doctor was able to go in and cauterize the parts that were bleeding. DJ was then put into a chemical paralysis for 1/2 the day, continued medical induced coma, which is still in place and continues to be on a ventilator. We were not able to talk to him or touch him all day in order to keep the brain stimulation to a minimum. As of today, Weds. he continues to be stable, in an induced medical coma, on a ventilator, and brain stimulation needs to be kept to a minimum. His CT scan this morning showed no bleeding. His intercranial pressure is maintaining between 6-10, temperature and vitals are normal as of right now. The doctor reports a good prognosis (but very long recovery) if he survives. He is still in very critical condition, and things can change at any point. We are more hopeful today since his CT Scan came back clean. Between now and Friday we hope for continued stability so the Dr. can possibly attempt to start to wean him off the ventilator. Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, concerns and reaching out to us. I will update on a regular basis, but as of right now as long as he is stable nothing will really change until possibly Friday.