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Sep 29, 2017
Welcome to this CaringBridge website. What an amazing service this is. I am using it to keep family and friends informed and updated about John's early morning September 1st misadventure. At about 4am in the morning John thought he heard something outside, so he went to check out what it was. Not being totally awake, he missed a step to the landing in front of the door. In that first stumble, he fell and somehow got twisted around, to then continue to fall down a flight of very sharp and nasty tiled stairs to the ground entry to the building........... resulting in a terrifying 911 call for an ambulance to our local hospital South Peninsula Hospital (SPH). He was totally checked out there, as well as stapling his lacerated head closed. Due to bleeding in his brain, the recommendation was to medevac him to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage to stabilize and monitor him there. He was in the ICU for a couple of days. He is now out of critical care, stabilized and doing well. 3 broken ribs, a fractured tibia plateau (at the knee), a stapled head wound, lots of skin abrasions and bruises, he is alert and clear thinking. He is being monitored carefully and is comfortable thanks to a good pain med regime. He is getting weaned off of oxygen now and slowly getting his systems moving again. John is such a trooper. He is going to pull through this. He is amazing! Thankfully he does not remember falling or how he got to the hospital. Calls, emails, texts have been pouring in. We so appreciate them all. It is difficult to keep up with it and I know you want to know how things are progressing. This CaringBridge site such a good way for me to update you on what is happening and for you to send thoughts if you wish. We so very much appreciate your support and words of encouragement as John continues his recovery. Tomorrow he will be transferred to a private room for intensive rehab for the next 10-14 days. A team will work with him 3 hours each day. Deep breathing, exercising his legs and gluts while in bed has begun. He will not be able to put weight on his right leg or bend it for 6 weeks, so learning how to best get out of bed with painful broken ribs and how to move around with a walker without bearing weight on his leg is the first thing to manage. Today he managed to take 15 steps with the walker! Progress! We are so lucky and we appreciate all the amazing help that has gotten him to this point...........and will going to get him back to a normal life. So many, many people to thank. The EMTs, nurses, doctors and hospital staff have been amazing. Friends have been astonishingly thoughtful and generous. We love you more than words can convey. We feel incredibly loved and supported. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are sending out love to all of you with all our heart.