Becoming Jill: Adventures in Adulthood

Here We Go Again
April 20, 2011, 7:11 am
Filed under: Updates

So… it’s been awhile, yes? What can I say? Life happens.

I am back in Missouri, with my dad in the hospital. Sound familiar? Short story, he had a motorcycle accident about a week and a half ago, and has been in the hospital ever since. He has 5 or 6 broken ribs, with several of them broken in multiple spots, a broken collarbone, a punctured lung, and pneumonia. He had surgery to plate his ribs together (4 plates, 30 screws) and was doing well recovering from that when he went into shock, just like he did in December. Luckily I was with him at the time, and was able to get help to him quickly, and back to the ICU we went!

No one has been able to decide exactly what happened– it probably wasn’t sepsis again like we originally feared, and may have been anaphalactic (sp?) shock from an allergy to one of his medications. Either way, it’s fairly scary to see your dad stop breathing and shaking so hard the bed is rattling.

We got out of the ICU yesterday, but he is still having a lot of pain from his broken collarbone– he is actually going to have surgery again today to remove a portion of the broken bone that has slipped out of place. This surgery won’t be as big a deal as the rib plating, but it’s not guaranteed to give him any relief, either. We are just going to hope for the best!

Kitties are with mom, and I miss them, but they always like to go on “vacation.” If I sound a little incoherent… well, I am. Not much sleep has been had! Positive thoughts would be appreciated!


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Dear Jill, I’m glad to hear from you again, but very sorry to read about your dad’s accident. Here’s hoping that he will soon recover completely. Please give him my regards. Strongs! 🙂

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