Glenda Shirley | CaringBridge

Glenda Shirley

First post: Dec 22, 2017 Latest post: Dec 31, 2017
On December 20 mom (Glenda) was walking down the stairs of her home with the cable guy, he was installing new cable. As she was half way down the stairs  the cable guy saw her struggle and she (we think) misstepped and fell the rest of the way down. She hit a wooden cabinet at the bottom of the stairs. From here the cable guy (Johnathan) called 911 as he was the only one with her. Firetrucks, police and EMS started to arrive her home. She was unconsious since the fall so could not answer any questions. Willie (her husband) arrives home completely unaware  of what has happened. The EMS workers continue to work on her, and preparing to load her into the ambulance. Willie finally is able to enter the home (police were just making sure he was who he really was) to find mom on the floor. 

She was admitted to Greenville Memorial a couple hours later still unconscious, but moaning and groaning in pain (which is  good ). The hospital staff preformed the first CT scan and determine a craniotomy is the next step. There is sever trauma to her left front brain.  The neuro doctor that was on call, was unable to make it there for a while and she need surgery immediately. Dr. Kanos (THE top neuro-surgeon in Greenville) happened to be at the hospital this day preparing for another surgery, he stepped in and elected to do the surgery because the situation was so dire. He proceeded to preform a craniotomy on mom, to relieve the pressure off her brain from the swelling, bleeding and bruising. Several hours later (around 3am on Thursday AM) she goes in for another CT scan to check on the status of her brain post surgery. The following morning  around 7am Dr. Kanos checks her eyes and see through her eyes her brain is continuing to swell, she goes in for her second crainotomy. In this second surgery the Dr decides to remove the left side of her skull completely to allow room for her brain to continue to swell (safely). Her skin is sown over her brain at this point. Several other CT scans have been preformed and they are now determining the she has also has a stroke somewhere though this series of events. We still have no idea when the stroke happened. 


Mom (her brain) continues to be in quite a critical state. The doctors will continue to monitor her brain and keep her comfortable. Her nurses Sean (day nurse) and Amanda (night nurse) seems so invest in her and her journey, and Dr. Kanos is delivery direct and factual information to us (which we can absolutely appreciate). Please pray for Sean, Amanda, and Dr. Kanos and they continue to work very closely on mom and her steps toward recovery.


God and his guardian angles are showing up everywhere through this process. The hospital has been flooded with support from long time family and friends. We are so thankful to our heavenly creator that he is with us. God is providing us comfort and strength, your prayers are providing us comfort and strength. We continue to ask you all to please get on your knees and pray for a miracle.

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