Randy Schulner

First post: Nov 5, 2022 Latest post: Jan 19, 2023
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At around 9:30 PM on Tuesday evening, November first, Randy was returning from a hunting trip when he got into a serious car accident. His beloved truck took most of the impact on the drivers side. All of Randy's ribs on the left side of his body were shattered, both of his lungs collapsed, he had a tear in his aorta, both collar bones were broken, and his clavicle was broken. Upon arriving at the hospital, it was discovered that he also had internal bleeding. The first responders arrived almost immediately and were able to rush Randy to the Mayo Clinic Luther Campus in Eau Claire. He was conscious when the first responders arrived. He had to be extracted from the vehicle as the drivers side door was caved in. 

Once at the hospital, Randy was rushed into surgery to repair the torn aorta and stop the internal bleeding. Randy was placed on a ventilator for his lungs and became stabilized. He was placed in a medically induced coma in order for him to breathe with the ventilator. On Wednesday Randy was woken up and was able to wiggle his toes and grasped the nurses hands which proves he still has his fine motor skills. He was told to blink twice if he was not in pain and once if he was in pain and in response he blinked twice which gave the family some peace of mind knowing he was not in pain. He appeared to be confused while he was awake and is not able to speak due to the ventilator. 

On Thursday things were looking up and the nurses thought that Randy was stable enough to undergo surgery to repair the shattered ribs and broken collar bones. Randy was awake off and on during the day but was placed back into the medically induced coma that night to rest after his surgeries. His condition took a turn for the worse when his oxygen levels decreased significantly and his blood pressure was not where they wanted it to be. 

Friday Randy's condition continued to deteriorate. The doctors think he has a blood clot in his lungs but because he was not in stable condition they were not able to perform the CT scan to verify this. He also had more internal bleeding. An emergency surgery was performed to stop the internal bleeding and was successful. Due to the previous day's 2 surgeries, Randy's lungs are very sick. The doctor says they have experienced a lot of trauma in a short time and need to rest. He was put on a heart-lung machine to give his organs a break so that they can recover faster. Because this machine has been helping to stabilize Randy's condition they would like to keep him on it. However, the Eau Claire hospital does not have the staffing to accommodate this. Randy has been transferred to the Rochester Mayo Hospital in Minnesota where they have the capacity to handle the machine and Randy's medical needs. He will be evaluated further as the night progresses. 

With all of this being said, Randy has been very fortunate for several reasons. The entire family has been incredibly impressed with the competent staff at the Eau Claire hospital. They have been giving Randy the best care possible and have been accommodating the family to the best of their abilities. Randy was incredibly lucky that the first responders arrived so quickly and that he was able to get into surgery to fix his heart right away. The doctors said it is almost unheard of for someone with two broken collar bones to not also have a broken neck so for that we are extremely grateful. Randy also wears steel toed tennis shoes and the nurses believe that without them he may have lost some toes or even a foot. 

Laurie, Melissa, Melanie, and Mitch have been able to visit Randy at the hospital every day and are so thankful for the thoughts and prayers that everyone has been sending to the family. We will update this site as we gain more information.