Oct 31, 2017 Latest post:
Dec 22, 2017
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. Thank you for visiting.
As many of you know, dad had an accident on Saturday afternoon and was taken by Medflight to UW Hospital. Upon arrival, he received a CT scan and it was discovered he had bleeding on his brain so they did emergency surgery. A piece of his skull was removed to alleviate the swelling but it was not put back in. This bone will be put back in at some point but for the time being until the swelling is under control they will leave it as is. Surgery took place around 7:00 pm and he was settled in his room by 1:00 am. He has been on heavy sedation but they are gradually lowering the dosage.
He was placed on a ventilator and that was removed on Monday. He is breathing on his own but the breathing tube is still in his throat. Dad also has some fractured ribs and the bone that connects his jaw to his skull was broken when he fell. The docs think that could heal on its own.
He has movement on his right side but we aren’t sure if it’s in response to voices or if it’s reflexes/involuntary movement. He hasn’t moved much on his left side which is probably normal since the surgery was done in the right side of his brain. On Monday, he responded to a command from the nurse/doctor which he hadn’t done previously. A "boot" was placed on his left foot to keep it in a natural position since he hasn’t moved it.
On Monday, he did open his eyes for a little bit.
His CT scans, swelling numbers and respiratory numbers continue to come back good and he’s been stable. He will be in ICU for at least a week and depending on progress he can be moved to a General room soon.
Several people have asked about visiting him and currently he is not allowed any visitors except for immediate family. However, once he moves rooms he should be able to have company.
Our family appreciates all the messages, calls, prayers and support from everybody. He’s making slow progress which we’ll take over no progress. We will update this page as often as possible to keep everyone updated.