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Feb 15, 2016 Latest post:
May 15, 2016
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on Steven's progress. We appreciate your support, prayers and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.Thanks. Love and God Bless!Suzette, Dave, Sean, AJ and of course Steven!
I thought this would be an easier way to share Steven's story and update you all on his progress. About 36 hours ago we got word that Steven was in a bad car accident and is being "cut out of a car". As we traveled from Greenfield to Froedtert memorial hospital Dave tried calling various contacts to find out what happened and the status of Steven's condition. Unfortunately no one had any answers for us. As Dave rushes us to the ER of course the worst thoughts keep coming to our minds. As we approach the security guard and gives Steven's name he immediately picks up the phone to informake that "family is showing up and we need sociall work". My heart drops. Omg. I just keep asking if they can just tell us that he's alive. 5 people sitting at the desk and no one can tell me if my son is alive. Come on, I say, please can you tell me if he's alive, please! A nurse escorts us to the family consult room where I wait, cry and pray to God that someone comes in to give me some answers and tell me he's alive. Dave is continuing to seek answers himself. Finally, social work comes in (it seemed like forever but in reality it was probably 5 minutes later). He explains he doesn't know anything and that there are several situations happening at the same time but he will find out and be back. He returns to inform us that Steven is in CT, Cat Scan where they ate checking for his injuries. Soon we are relieved to find out from the social worker and firefighter that he was talking, has a really bad leg and his face is pretty messed up. He knew who his parents were. Oh, thank God! Thank you God!!! Now, all the questions....is Bryce okay? Was there anyone else in the car? Are they okay? The waiting, not knowing was horrible! We finally get to go see him in the trauma room of the ER and are starting to hear the story of what happened. Steven driving with his friend Bryce down forest home Ave (58th st) and a car go at a high rate of speed crossed the median and hit Steven head on. Witnessed say two cars were drag racing going 100mph (at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon). The driver of the car that lost control was an 18 yo Hispanic female. The sight of Steven's facial injuries were beyond belief. At this point I didn't care, he was alive! We soon found out that as the ER doctor said, "there was a guardian angel watching over Steven". Pretty much besides his facial injures, his elbow, and his compound fracture, he was unbelievably not too bad off. No head trauma, no internal damage. Relief again. He needs to go to surgery and have the bone that is protruding through his skin fixed. Again, just relieved!!! In additin to our awesome family and friends that were sending their outpouring love, everyone at Fmlh (froedtert) , MPD, and Gpd was absolutely awesome. helping to get us through this awful trauma situation. We found out surgery went well, he has a titanium rod in his leg but unfortunately they could not close the wound. After a lot of discussion with the doc we learned that he will be here for a while and need wound debridement, washout surgeries, then they will close the wound, and of course therapy. Finally by 1230am he was taken to his room on the trauma unit where he will stay until he is discharged. They also sutured his elbow. The facial trauma doc comes to the room a little later to begin suturing some of the facial lacerations. That pretty much sums up day one! Day two is the start of clean up and the healing process and lots and lots of loved ones visiting. Steven kept saying how great his friends are and I couldn't agree more. So much love and support from family and friends. Unbelievable! Ortho docs explain that when they go in on Monday they will assess how they will proceed. He also has a wound vac which is helping drain the open wound. They need to make sure no infection before closing it up. Eye specialist, ENT team continue assessing and suturing his facial lacerations. His looking better and better. Pain meds every hour is his regiment. And, Steven is all over that. After a long day he fell asleep for almost 3 hours and woke up with excruciating leg pain. It's now 230am and he is resting nicely (thank God for pain meds). He can't eat or drink anything now (since midnight) and the plan for surgery is at 1130. I will keep you posted but want to thank you all for the awesome support and ongoing prayers. It means more to us than you'll ever know. Thanks and God bless!!! ♡♡♡ Suzette