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1/22/2017 Latest post:
On Monday night, January 16, 2017 Phil was at shopko in Mankato and fell on the ice in the parking lot. He hit his head and immediately had a headache big enough he drove himself to the ER in Mankato after filling out the accident report in the store. At the ER he was told there was some internal bleeding and was going to be flown via helicopter to Rochester due to the icy road conditions. On Tuesday morning the doctor called and said he had more swelling overnight and was starting to not respond as much to the Neuro checks and they thought it best to operate to remove the blood clots and help the swelling go down. They were prepping him for surgery. I picked up Rita and the kids and we headed to Rochester since the roads were now drivable. At about 11:45 we were able to see him in his intensive care unit. All signs were good, he was tired and had his eyes closed most of the time but was talking and knew what was going on and all his Neuro checks were good. They had to leave the bone flap out due to the swelling of his brain and that remains out until the swelling goes down. We are told it could be 2-4 weeks before that gets put back in. Anthony found out that they put it in a special solutions and basically froze it which I thought was interesting. On Wednesday they moved him to the general care floor but Thursday he was moved back to ICU due to high blood pressure. Friday he was very agitated and thrashing about and giving the doctors and nurses a hard time. Today is Saturday and when I got here he was having a small seizure. He started having them overnight and they have an increased his meds so much to get the seizures under control that he was struggling in his breathing. He now has a breathing tube in and is unconscious but that is just until they think the seizures have stopped. He is hooked up to an EEG monitor to make sure he isn't having seizures in his brain yhat are not seen otherwise and so far that looks good. I know he is in good hands here at St Mary's but it's hard to comprehend this resulted from one fall on the ice. Please keep Phil in your prayers. He has a long recovery ahead but I know he will come through just fine. He's ornery like that :) love ya little brother!