On March 8,2016 just after 2pm, Jerome was burning brush at his residence on Evans Rd. The fire spread up the bank toward the field on top of the hill. Jerome attempted to stop the spread with a pitch fork but lost his balance and fell into the burn area. While trying to get up he received burns to his face , hands, knees, lower legs and ankles. Jerome went in the house and called 911 requesting help for the fire and also an Ambulance. Jerome was transported to Lancaster General Hospital where he was evaluated and later transported to Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown. He was evaluated upon arrival and considered to be in stable condition.
March 9 in the morning his face had become very swollen and his right eye was completely closed. He was not able eat much and drinking was done through a straw. His diabetes was out of control and blood pressure was unstable.
March 10 was a repeat of the prior day however his blood pressure kept dropping to unsafe lows throughout the day. Blood sugar was more controlled, but the fear of a possible infection was present.
March 11 things changed for the better and also for the worst. Jerome was fed breakfast by his family. His blood pressure was much more stable. His blood sugar was much better. His face looked much better, with the swelling going down and both eyes were open. The down fall was that his breathing was not very good and his color looked bad. In the early afternoon the decision was made that he needed to be put on a ventilator. This would allow him to get the proper oxygen he needed and also feed, manage his pain better and also be able to perform any surgery he may need in the future. After being on the ventilator he was resting comfortably. The doctors anticipate he will need surgery to his hands which are deep 2nd degree to 3rd degree burns. It is unknown how long he will be on the ventilator.
I will be posting on here so everyone knows how grandpa is doing. Feel free to leave him messages that we can share with him.Thank you all for your thoughts and support!!