Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Random Acts of Kindness

I would like to thank all who have left kind comments re: my brother-in-law's very serious automobile accident. It has been a very long and difficult process. He has spent almost 6 weeks in the ICU. The hip, that was crushed in the accident, has been pinned and plated. (the trauma was too great to do the total hip replacement that he needs, at this time) He had so many pulmonary emboli, that surgery to install a filtering system was necessary, but he continued to throw clots. He then suffered a heart attack and a stroke. He was then moved from the Trauma ICU to the Cardiac ICU. The doctors still couldn't find where the blood clots were coming from. After many tests, it was discovered that he'd had a hole in his heart from birth and the trauma from the accident had caused pvc's, which caused his heart to throw clots. Surgery was scheduled to close the opening, but, once in, it was discovered that he had three major artery blockages...so bypass was necessary and the hole repair became a separate surgery which took place yesterday. The filtering system had to be removed before his cardiac surgery and will need to be reinstalled after he is stable. ( Sounds like an episode of "House"... doesn't it?) He had a good night and is having a good day today. We are seeing some signs of improvement. We pray for more. My sister is exhausted! She has been by his side the whole time. We so appreciate all of your random acts of kindness.


Lorri said...

Dear Kay,
My prayers are with you and your family. Such a tragedy. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Betty said...

Of course, you, your sister and your brother-in-law are in my prayers. He has been through so much and still has more to come; but, I know with you and your sister watching over him, he will improve with each day. Take care of yourself, also.

Fete et Fleur said...

Blessings to you all in this time of vigil. I pray for a complete recovery.


Peggy Flynn said...

Just want you to know we are thinking of you and your family and keeping you in our prayers.

white o'morn cottage said...

I am sending him and all of you warm wishes. Take care