On September 9th Todd was attacked by a patient he was trying to care for. The man lunged at Todd driving Todd's back into the arm rest of the couch. At that point the man’s grip was broken from him as the crew intervened and was able to restrain the patient until PD arrived. Todd suffered a hemothorax and 3 broken ribs (9, 10, 11 on his posterior right) as well as some superficial cuts to his face and appendages. Todd was treated and transported to Littleton Hospital where he spent the night for observation. Todd’s hemothorax did not worsen through the night and he was released home the next afternoon.
September 13th: A large mass developed down Todd's back and his pain increased. Todd went back to the ER where his pain was better managed and the Trauma Dr. stated the mass was blood releasing out of his lung from the hemothorax. Todd was not admitted and sent home with new pain management plan.
September 28th: Todd was having difficulty breathing and had been restless and not sleeping well. He went in for imaging and it was found that his right lung had a large amount of fluid in it. Todd was stable, so a surgical chest tube was scheduled for the following day. Todd was admitted to Littleton Hospital for the night.
September 29th 08:30: Todd's chest tube was placed using imaging in order to place it right at the bleed; 1440ml of fluid was taken off of his right lung. Todd experienced a lot of pain that afternoon, that night and next day were pretty rough for him as well.
October 1: Imaging showed some large clots unable to pass through the chest tube. Doctors administered TPA directly through the chest tube in order to break them up and suction them out. This was a very painful procedure.
At this time Todd is expected to be at Littleton for at least a few more days before returning home.
Todd and Andrea are in good spirits considering the situation. Keep them in your prayers and thoughts. Needs will be posted!