Over the weekend I was all excited because I managed to pre-schedule various posts for the next few weeks. I was all excited because I thought I’d have more time to reply to comments and visit you all.
And then Sunday happened. I’m just going to cut and paste in blue the emails that have been sent to family and friends (not that you all aren’t my friends, too…you totally are!). The boyfriend (aka Hamburger aka Mitch) was in an accident (yes, again…the boy is both very unlucky and very lucky). Some of you heard me tweeting about it, but in the interest of time and not having to retype the same medical crap all over again, here’s what’s going on in our world (and please feel free to ignore this post right now if you’re here for books or don’t want to read about Mitch’s health…I know this is too long for most of you but I also know some people are wondering what’s up).
Mitch was in a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon on the way home from his dad’s house. He didn’t see a car that was stopped to make a left turn until it was too late. He braked, laid his bike down and hit the back of the car. We were originally told he slid under the car, but the highway patrol said no, he hit the back and slid across the road.
He was conscious at the scene and impressed the CHP officer with how calm he was (and his pain threshold). He went to the ER by ambulance and they determined he has a compound fracture of the right femur and a compound fracture of the right arm. He also has some very deep lacerations on both arms (elbow areas) and his right leg. He was in surgery late Sunday night/early Monday am for over 3 hours to clean out and stitch up the wounds and to put an external rod on his right leg to hold the bones in place.
He still has to have further surgery on his right arm and his right leg. The break is pretty bad and messy for the arm and it was too intensive to address in the first surgery. The leg may or may not end up with either a rod in the leg or a cast. The doctors aren’t really saying much. They need to get his hemoglobin up before they’ll even consider another surgery, and as of tonight he’s had 2 units of blood and the counts are rising. We also have no idea on when he might be released and if further surgeries will be before or after he goes home. There’s a chance of arm surgery on Friday, but that’s just a chance.
No internal or head injuries and his hands are fine. He was wearing a full face helmet and gloves. He does have one broken rib but that may be from his last surf trip to Costa Rica. Most of his pain right now is from where the rods go into his legs. He’s also uncomfortable because he can’t really move around in the bed.
And a more recent update as of Wednesday mid-day:
His mom spent last night with Mitch and this was her news as of this morning…
Doc was concerned about irregular heart beats, had an ekg last night, and new medication, a mild beta blocker, some magnesium and pottasium. another ekg this morning and heart ultrasound. So far it looks like the treatment will work to keep his heart from working harder than it needs to, to organize the rhythm and make it more efficient.
And now for the exciting news…
Ultrasound and ekgs came back totally normal. Blood pressure and blood is improving and he has no temp. As long as he stays as is (or better), arm surgery will be Friday and leg surgery on Sunday. Yay! I was so excited I forgot to ask how long he might have to stay after the surgeries. So still no word on when he might be home, but we’re happy that the surgeries are coming up soon (although I’m sure to Mitch, Friday seems like an eternity away).
So that’s what’s happening in our world. Both of our families are here and we’ve got help and support out the wazoo. And although they don’t read my blog, I just have to say that we both have the most awesomest moms in the world.
Like I said, I’ve got some random posts scheduled so if it seems weird that I’m posting but not really around, that’s why. I’m not sure when life will get back to normal, but I am managing to reply to personal emails, so if you need me for something, that’s the ticket.
I hope YOU ALL are having a much better week. And feel free to entertain me with comments!