September 26th 2012 10:07 am
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We poured our hearts out to our wonderful friends here at Catsters and Dogsters about our nephew. He was in an auto accident back on Aug. 27th. For a while, we weren't sure if he would survive. He suffered serious brain injury and was in a coma for almost 2 weeks. Then, nobody knew what to expect next. He kept ripping out tubes, despite having his hands tied down, and kept biting his tongue making it worse! His nasal feeding tube was irritating him, so he ripped it out and they tried one into his abdomen. He ripped that out. The put in a trach because they thought the breathing tube was irritating his tongue. The poor guy went through all kinds of procedures only to rip many of them out due to frustration.
It is now just over a month since the crash and our nephew has made enormous strides. He still cannot speak, due to the severely swollen tongue, and needs a trach to breathe. But, just yesterday, his tongue swelling had gone down enough for him to eat some apple sauce! And, he took his first unassisted walk. He is communicating using a white board and texting. We think it is a miracle.
These are a few photos of our nephew taken yesterday:
Nephew and Mom
First walk after month in bed.
Anyhow, Mom and I felt very helpless being so far away from her family and really appreciated the support she got from our furry friends and their people. I think that she and I will be taking one more prairie road trip together next month to go and see our nephew and the rest of Mom's family. I think I still have one more in me.
Love, Lobo & Mom
aww.....so glad that he is doing much better, sure hope that you can get that trip in to visit
Thanks Petey. Hope we do make it out there too.
Sending prayers for the nephew, Lobo. Is he in P.A. or Saskatoon? He will need some rehab, but we are praying for a complete recovery. I hope you can get out to the prairie this fall. The colors along the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers are starting to look beautiful. Take care and prayers for your family.
It is SO good to see he is doing SO well.
The frustations are hopefully mostly past... those tubes are awful to bear with !
BIG HUGS... he is a fighter....he WILL go from strength to strength.....
And Lobo... oh yes... YOU have another trip in you Sweetheart !
Flicka ∆,,∆ & Lucas /..| Cleo (I.M.) ∆,,∆ & Pam X
Yes, Abby, he is Saskatoon University Hospital. Has been there since August 27th. The thought of a complete recovery seemed impossible a few weeks ago, but now it seems very possible!!! That is what is so exciting about this last week.
Flicka, he is a fighter. When uncle tried to take that picture of him walking, uncle said he had a hard time getting ahead of him as he was walking so fast and so anxious to recover and get out of the hospital.
We have had plenty of miracles, but one more would be if he could return to school and graduate? He has only missed 2 weeks of his grade 12 so far.
But he can always do it later. We have to just pause and count our blessings.
Lobo, we're so happy that he's on his recovering. It will be a lot of work and a slow process, but we know he'll do it.
Thanks for the update, Lobo. Mom used to work in RUH in Saskatoon so she thought she recognized the area where your nephew was walking! They have a great rehab team in Saskatoon if he starts his therapy there. Mom even knows one really good occupational therapist, she works at City Hospital in Saskatoon but is very good. He can always make up his classroom work later, right now he needs to get his strength back, but it sounds like he is well on his way to a good recovery. Hoping you can make your way out to Sask. this fall to see your family.
You are right Riley!
Hello beautiful Abby! I believe our nephew's next step is City Hospital! His name is Regan. Maybe have your friend look for him when he gets there?
We are all so thankful and grateful. We know this could have been so much worse.
Mom is making plans now to get out there in October. I sort of wiped out on my ramp today and she thought, "Oh, I hope Lobo can handle a long trip like that." I think I can.