I thought I would let you know that it is Udell that has written the previous posts--it's obvious, as he is a much better writer than I. Udell has taken a break and gone to the temple so I thought I would add a couple more things to the blog.
I have been asked if Shannon had other injuries besides the actual head trauma. They thought that there might have been a slight fracture in Shannon's right leg but that has proven not to be the case. Yeh!! There were 3 verebrae in her back (#3,4,&5) that have compressed fractures. The truama doctor said tonight (as he is one of the few that has seen that particular xray) that he believed that they wouldn't do anything with the back unless they felt when she started moving around that she needed a body brace for a while. But he really felt that it was healing already and that wouldn't need to be the case. (Cautious Yeh!) However, he quickly added that he was not a radiologist nor an orthepedic doc so he really didn't know what they would do. It is interesting the many opinions that we get on different things.
Shannon has a few bumps and bruises but no other visual signs of trauma. Her insides all seem fine and are functioning as they should considering her condition. Yeh!!
They generally bring the drug induced coma patients awake a few minutes each day to test reflexes and other responses. But because the accident was not even a day old until around 3 o'clock today, they felt they didn't want to do even that yet. The doctors seem pleased with her status but continue to remind us that the swelling and danger zone is not passed until the 72-96 hour mark.
For Miss Shanny's sake, I will record, with Janet and Kate being my witnesses; Shannon has some 25 different tubes run in and out of her. She had a picc line
inserted today so they don't have to poke her so often but with all the different medications being given continuously, the tubes for gathering blood, the tubes for monitoring everything from her sodium to magnesium, to drains for the head and other body functions, the ventilator, etc., it is no wonder that she has so many tubes right now.
Shannon also had lost a lot of blood obviously and so they have given her a lot but not just whole blood as I call it, but platelattes, plasma, etc. Either tomorrow or the next day they will most likely give her a feeding tube so there is yet another tube.
Kate is being a trooper and is taking care of the homefront including Tonya. It is amazing how many things come to a halt when you are no longer in the midst of things.
Hopefully that has answered a few more questions. As with all head trauma, the prognoisis will not be known for quite some time. We will keep you all posted. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and faith and for those of you who are able to fast with us. We know that Shannon is in God's hands and He is in control. We feel the presence of His love and His angels, through each of you, our family, friends, and so many of Shannon's dear friends.