On Saturday May 6,2017, Steven (Zippy) was in a motorcycle accident while riding through Pattison State Park in Wisconsin. His passenger said he was attempting to avoid something and lost control. His reaction allowed her to escape serious injury, but he hit his head as he landed. He sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with swelling and bruising of the brain as well as a fracture on the right side of his head. Aside from the head trauma, he sustained no major injuries - just a couple bruises.
When he was brought into the hospital and stabilized he would wake up, fight vigorously and argue incoherently, to which anyone who knows him would say...."Yeah...so?" To help protect his airway and ensure healthy breathing, on Sunday May 7, he was placed in a medically induced coma and given a breathing tube. The doctors periodically bring him up from sedation so they can check his status. For a while, he will remain asleep to prevent further unneeded stress to his system.
Over the first week of his recovery, our primary concern is monitoring the swelling around his brain -- so far, so good. After that, we'll wait for him to regain full consciousness so they can assess the scope of any potential side effects from the brain injury. (Mumbled curse words aren't quite sufficient to assess his mental state -- but it sure sounds like a step in the right direction.)
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