Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Here's what you've all been asking for! This is a picture of Denver's arm uncovered! The nurse came by today & redressed his arm again. So I'll scroll down some so it's not the first thing people see when they get here!
This is actually good, according to the nurse. The redder it gets, the better. The white part is not his bone, but a tendon. The skin is a straight cut because the surgeons cleaned it up. You can see how the meat is swollen, which is what we are waiting for to go down. It's very painful for him to have it changed, he has to take drugs before the nurse gets here. The first layer is a petroleum based covering which helps it not stick but as you can imagine it's still painful.
I might take the picture off in a few days, I don't think it's a good idea to keep it on here forever. Who wants to look at that everytime they come here?
Again, thank you all so much for your calls & emails. We really appreciate it!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This morning after undressing Denver's wound the doctors decided to do the surgery this evening. So I packed up & headed this way. I called Denver on the way & he said the doctor's had called him & decided not to do the surgery. Apparently they want the swelling to go down more. So he'll be doing the skin grafts next week. There will be a nurse coming to our house tomorrow to show us how to dress his wound & keep the pins clean.
We have not heard anything about a projected date of complete healing. It's possible he will only have the pins in for 3 weeks. But there will be alot of physical therapy. He might not get his grip back as strong as it was. But the prognosis is looking good! All the doctors say he's fortunate to have his arm at all!
So that's the update for now. Again, thanks for all your support.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Denver was coming home in his personal truck from the shop. The shop is on Bent Mtn. They were supposed to be leaving out that night but decided not to due to the storm. They had closed down the road(Rte. 221) but Denver thought they had opened it because he saw cars coming up 221. So he started to come down. Another car coming up the mountain lost control in front of him. He swerved to miss the car & lost control himself. He ended up on the left side of the road & went 100ft down a ravine. The other car KEPT GOING! On the way down the ravine a tree must have busted his window & his arm went out. A tree must have caught his arm & bent it back the wrong way which dislocated his elbow. The window lacerated his arm to the point it was hanging by the muscle that connects the elbow.
When he stopped & realized his arm was hanging he put it back in HIMSELF. Then he climbed out of the ravine & walked to the nearest house. Those people gave him a towel to make a turniket & called Rescue. He was bleeding profusely because we later found out he had severed several veins and an artery.
He called me on the way to let me know but I couldn't get out because of the ice & snow on the road. So I had to keep in touch on & off all night thru nurses & sometimes him. Apparently when he got here they did try to give him a transfusion but he refused. The nurses can't find any records of him having a low blood count but he was told by the emt he had lost alot of blood & Chad says the truck is pretty bad. We're not sure what happened with that.
The orthopedic surgeons inserted 2 rods in his arm to hold his elbow in one position until everything heals. The vascular surgeons took a vein from his left ankle to repair the artery that was severed. They also had to repair a nerve that affects his grip. He has still not been stiched together, they are waiting for the swelling to go down. Probably Friday morning. We will be moving out of ICU sometime today.
He is doing well! He is walking around & off of the catheter & IV. He does have to get antibiotics thru his IV though. Thank you so much for all the calls & offers of help. It has really helped Denver to see he is well loved. I will keep y'all posted!