Daniel’s Story

Site created on October 23, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Daniel was in a dirt bike accident on October 21st. He had to be flown from Almagordo New Mexico to El Paso Texas due to the life threatening injuries he sustained during the wreck. He tore his larynx in half, he has a hole in his trachea which requires a tracheotomy. There is possible damage to his vocal cords which at this time we don’t know if he will be able to talk ever again. Both of his wrists are broken and will require surgery to place steel plates and rods to assist his joints. He broke at least 7 ribs which caused both of his lungs to collapse, this requires him to be on a ventilator to assist him with breathing. He broke his nose as well. He was wearing a helmet during the time of the wreck, but his chin strap sliced a thin cut on his upper neck which may have been what caused the pressure in his trachea. He has been placed under heavy sedation to keep him from damaging any of the tube sites in his neck. He has a very long road to recovery ahead of him and we appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. 
- Tammy, Laura and Brianna

Newest Update

Journal entry by Brianna Mullen

Hey, everyone. It's Dan with another update. The last few updates have been mostly positive news. If this overall experience hadn't changed my life so much, I'd probably be pouting throughout this update.
I have told everyone from family and friends to nurses and doctors that at this point in my recovery, if anyone decided they wanted to do surgery, I'd refuse. I thought that I was progressing well enough that surgery couldn't possibly make sense and would only set me back in therapy. I have two snowmobiling trips coming up in the next two months and want/need to get back to work. 
I found it to be quite difficult to get lined up with an Ortho doctor for my follow up appointments, but eventually got set up for an appointment. That appointment was yesterday. 
After looking at new X-rays, the doctor told me everything looked awesome and had basically healed as good as it could. I then informed him I had two fingers still completely numb, cold, and hard to move and a thumb that all together won't move. This is where after doing some investigation, the doctor told me I'd need surgery or essentially, I'd never regain full use of my left hand which means no chance of going back to my job.
I have to go through a couple of tests to make sure surgery will even fix the issue, but after the doctor explained it, it all makes too much sense to not go through with it. 
Aside from that, everything is going great. It's almost all mental at this point and all of you have helped a ton with that. Sorry for being so drawn out, but thanks for the amazing support. 
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