Steven Mathews | CaringBridge

Steven Mathews

First post: Sep 30, 2018 Latest post: 16 hours ago
Welcome Friends and Family....
So this chapter of Steve's life began a couple months ago with a new job for an amazing and loving couple building a sunroom addition onto their home.  It took a bit of ciphering to get the job started but once Steve got the bits and pieces figured out and got it started all was progressing well.  The week of Sept 24th was forecasted to be beautiful, fall, sunny, and dry weather  , and Steve was pushing hard to get the roof on the sunroom so that it was dried in.  It was 1:00 in the afternoon and Steve was at the top of the sunroom on a ladder drilling through the steel I beam that ties the whole sunroom together when the drill bit caught and bound up the drill which threw Steve off balance and threw him off the ladder .  On the way down he tried to grab the roof members, and then the scaffolding to no avail.  When he landed  it broke his pelvis.  The good news is that he didn't break his legs or arms, but he did manage to get a pretty good bump on his head.  But like he always says " you can't hurt a sweede by hitting him in the head ".
Fortunately for Steve he had picked the kindest, most thoughtful couple to work for , and because I was out of town on the first leg of a road trip with my dog.  The homeowner  stepped right up and became Steve's advocate .  She followed him to the hospital, made sure that Steve was being taken care of properly, contacted me and got me headed in the right direction , and made sure that Sam ( Steve's dog ) was taken care of.  
Apparently  pelvic surgery is complicated so it didn't take St. Joe's long to decide that he needed to be at Harborview.  There was some period of indecision while they decided on the necessary mode of transportation ( helicopter or ambulance ).  Steve was pushing hard for the helicopter, but alas ambulance was the decision..... DANG !!  While those pieces were coming together Steph and Carol stepped in  made sure that Steve was being cared for as well as could be expected and offered more moral support.  While all this was transpiring I was on my way to Seattle, trying really hard not to wig out, and keeping our daughter Stacey, who lives in Twisp, updated.  I actually arrived in Seattle before Steve did, so I had a chance to catch my breath and try to put things into perspective.  It was a long night in the ER at Harborview, but Stacey arrived, they decided to put Steve in traction to help preserve the head of the femur from being damaged , Stac and I went to our hotel room and Steve finally got transfered to a room.
Because his surgery was not "critical" it was postphoned each day as more trauma cases arrived and took precedence, but finally on Thursday he was scheduled for "THE OPERATION ".  
In the meantime so many of you circled the wagons and jumped right in to take care of  "THE FARM" and all the critters.... Dudley, Ashley, Paul,  our glorious neighbors, Step and Carol and those I can't think to mention right now.... thank you. !!! 
According to the surgeon the operation went well, there was more bleeding than expected, and Steve's post ~op recovery took longer than they were thinking.  I think we got him back to his room at about midnight that night and Stac and I found an AirBnB apartment to stay in on Capital Hill.
Friday and Saturday were very tough days, sunday was pretty good, and now here we are at Monday and again Steve is not feeling so hot.  He is having some bowel issues, so "they" just  came and took an xray to see if they can figure out why.  I am optomisitic that once they get that figured out and the issue solved he will begin to recover quickly.  He is motivated to get up and get mobile, and is being pretty good about doing his PT exercises, although occassionally he develops a stubborn streak and refuses to .
I want to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you who are so dear and important to both Steve and I .  While I try to remember each and every day that the people and relationships in our lives are the most important aspects of our existence, I have to admit that the support and love you all have shown us during this little challenge brings tears to my eyes and reminds me once again what an absolutely blessed life we live.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I hope you know how important each and every one of you are to us both, and how blessed we are to have the honor and opportunity to call you a friend.  
Thank you ,  God Bless and we'll be in touch !  Oh and Steve  is reminding everyone that today is his Birthday.... not even sure what to say to that !

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