Welcome to Monica Nolin's Caring Bridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. We cannot tell you how much your concern, outpouring of love, prayers, and support mean to us all.
On July 9th, 2018, mom (Monica) was in a terrible car accident, and honestly, she's lucky to be alive. Her guardian angels were watching out for her, that is for sure. As a result of the accident, she has a broken pelvis, broken ankle, broken collar bone, and broken ribs all along the front and back of her left side. She sustained lacerations to her liver and spleen, as well as three holes in her bladder, all of which were caused by her broken ribs and pelvis. She also had an aortic dissection, which is usually fatal in an accident such as this. Per the medical staff, she was coherent at the scene of the accident, mostly complaining of pain and difficulty breathing (who wouldn't with that many broken bones). Miraculously, she had NO HEAD TRAUMA, of which we are SO thankful (silver lining). She underwent emergency surgery upon arrival to the hospital, primarily to halt the internal bleeding. However, her survival still required multiple units of blood. The amazingly skilled surgeons at the Billings Clinic worked long and hard to save her life, not knowing whether she'd make it through, and for that we'll be forever grateful!
Currently, mom resides in the ICU of the Billings Clinic, and in the diligent hands of the medical staff. We appreciate each and every one of the employees for their excellent care and kindness. Mom has always been proud to work at the Billings Clinic, and we can see why!
So far she has undergone surgical repair of her pelvis, and is scheduled for repair of her ribs tomorrow (7/13/18). She is still on a ventilator to assist her with deep breathing (thus preventing pneumonia), which she wouldn’t be able to do on her own due to her broken ribs. The tentative plan is to remove the ventilator post surgery tomorrow if all goes well. Her healing and recovery will be a lengthy process, and we will keep you posted along the way. Keep on praying!!