Oct 14, 2019 Latest post:
Oct 18, 2019
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This afternoon on her way to a doctor's visit with Andy by her side, Earlene tripped in the hall on the way to the elevator and fell hard onto her face injuring her eye, fracturing bones in her face, and causing bleeding in her brain which is especially concerning since she's on a blood thinner. It's now 10:30 pm Monday October 14 and Earlene has just gone into eye surgery. Her eye globe is cut or torn. The surgeons (there are 2) say they need to clean it up, look around for other damage, make sure the retina is okay, get everything back in its proper place, then sew the thing up. Hopefully it is straightforward, doesn't get infected, and she doesn't lose any sight. They told Andy this could take 15 minutes or several hours and is considered an outpatient procedure.
However, no chance of Earlene going home tomorrow since the bleeding in her brain has to be monitored. Right now they think it will stop on its own before building up any pressure. If it does not, well, that's why Earlene got a helicopter ride to this trauma center (Medstar Washington Hospital Center).