John Joseph Martin John Martin

First post: Feb 5, 2021 Latest post: Feb 16, 2021
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, 

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.
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