John fell on the ice in late December. He was not aware that he had fractured 4 ribs. He continued on with his regular activities, which included taking, 4 + mile walks , with 2 large, and often undisciplined dogs, moving furniture , and repainting the pantry, in addition to many other house projects. . Apparently , this level of activity resulted in multiple wounds to the lining of John's chest. John passed out , Jan 13 ,due to the accumulated blood in his chest , as he was waiting in line to receive his COVID vaccine. He fell into the strong hold of a police officer. She prevented a fall, and summoned an ambulance. A chest tube was inserted in the ER. John was admitted and remained in SICU at St Jo's for about a week, with a chest tube draining blood from his chest cavity.
The Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Melanie Edwards, had hoped to avoid surgery. Unfortunately , it is now apparent that surgical intervention is necessary. Dr Edwards will attempt video assisted surgery , which would make for an easier surgery and recovery. If this is not possible , she will need to proceed to make an incision , in order to remove the "old blood sludge" , that has no business being in John's chest! This surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday afternoon.
Both John and I feel very confident in Dr Edwards, and very comforted , knowing the truly remarkable care that we have received at St Joseph Hospital . We also feel absolutely surrounded by loving support. Johns hospitalization could be up to a week. We are expecting a successful surgery , and uneventful hospitalization , and a smooth but protracted recovery.
I have benefited from the communication link , that the Caring Bridge website provides. . They appear to use posts , as fundraising opportunities,. Although John and I support Caring Bridge , with an annual donation , we don't t want anyone to misconstrue, these communications , as attempted fundraising .
Rather , this provides a convenient forum to keep our friends , family , and framily up to date.
Good night, Mali
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday 2/9/21. we will keep you all posted through this site. Thank you for visiting.