Medical Update

Our relative who was badly injured in a car accident seems to be slowly improving. He’s not out of the woods yet, and will probably be in ICU for quite a long time. However, his spinal cord was not damaged — which is a great relief — and he may be coming off the ventilator today.

Anyway, posting will remain light for a while longer.

13 thoughts on “Medical Update

  1. Baron, thanks for the update, and status-encouraging.

    We are all thinking of you all, keeping in minds.

  2. My greatest sympathies. I am nearing conclusion myself. No self-pity, but a tsunami of regrets.

  3. Praying for the healing power of the Lord to restore health and well-being for your loved one, for the medical staff in attendance to his needs, and for you and yours to be sustained and renewed in God’s love for you all through Christ Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

    “28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chapter 11:28-30)

    • I recently bought a Bible with no marked verses. I hadn’t realized how much better it would read without all those annoying numbers and chapter headings. It reads rather like a set of riveting stories – which is the way it started out.

      • Textual criticism is a scholarly technique for attempting to restore ancient texts as nearly as possible to their original form. It is quite challenging in that, as is the case of the New Testament, the earliest fragments of papyri date to the 60-90’s A.D. And, these are only portions of passage from the various books of the NT. Larger fragments are from 100 years of the original writings, with even more complete manuscripts dating 200, 300, and 400 years or more from their source. Yes, approximately 1,200 years passed before the NT was divided into chapters and verses.

  4. Thank God. The best news. No spinal damage. Time will heal all other wounds.. Chicken soup will do the rest after he comes home. Best wishes.

    • Lots of fractured and broken bones, including skull, face, pelvis, ribs, clavicle, and several obscure bones in the pelvic floor. Can’t remember the rest but I’m getting an anatomy lesson I’d rather not have. He had a collapsed lung but they fixed that in short order.

      He will not come home for a long time. After he is off the ventilator, has been stepped down from ICU, and is conscious, he will have a long haul in a rehab facility where he’ll be adjusting to a very new reality.

      Interestingly, when they bring him ‘up’ a little closer to the surface by cutting back his meds, he doesn’t respond to requests by medical personnel (“squeeze my hand”, “lift your arm”, etc) but he does do so when his friends repeat the same instructions. That’s an incident Jordan Peterson would understand — and could give a 10-minute lecture on the phenomenon.

      • Thanks, Dymphna…More trauma than I had assumed, 6-9 months probable assuming optimal brain response with rehab, possibly more.

        A 40ish aged male in my vicinity, has recently recovered from the unimaginable 90%+ fuel burns in an aircraft accident, after near 2 years in hospital and rehab, which killed the pilot with burns, burned another less so. Pure miracle, near zero (maybe 1-2%) chance he had just to survive, maybe around 5% or so to recover.

        So devastating his trauma, burns, he has a donated kidney now, from kidney failure, from the multiple effects of the burns. He is walking, public speaking now, 3 years later, after his nightmare. He is married, and his wife was able to be with him, for him, through the ordeal. I am in awe, medically. I had met him briefly , to say hello, once before. This one was a miracle of a lifetime, and I’ve seen, participated in a couple.

        So, though trauma is extensive for your relative, good reasons for making it through, ok or even better. May God, Love, skills, and determination bring good news, for you and yours, also. Thoughts, prayers, in mind.

  5. Please accept my sincerest hopes for a (relatively) speedy recovery.

    Do not hesitate to direct your energies towards the one who is most in need. Any absence upon your part is both understandable and infinitely forgivable.

    As if you need an iota of advice from this concerned individual…

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