It's so nice to meet you. Thank you for asking and thinking about Mark. Mark is a living, walking miracle! When Mark was entered into the hospital he went into ICU. Mark had shattered both wrist, broke both orbital bones underneath his eyes, had a brain bleed, crushed his lungs, lacerated his liver and spleen and went into kidney failure. He also had a 3 week 24/7 fever from staph infection in his kidneys than in his lungs. He also was battling pneumonia (sp?) 2 or 3 x. Mark was immediately put into an induced coma because his injuries were life threatning. He stayed in the coma for 2 1/2 months. It was devestating.
Mark finally was slowly awakened over a period of time and was very slow in coming out of the coma. Mark also had severe drug withdrawls from all the morphine and other stronger pain killers that were in his body 24/7 for close to three months. I pray I never see drug withdrawls again in my life. He suffered for 10 long days. All I could do was cry and pray.
With Mark having fever for so long they could not cast Mark's wrist or do surgery on them. Mark was to have surgery on both wrist where they were going to put plates, rods and screws in both wrist. But because of the fever they were unable to operate. So the ortho Drs. did there very best to come in every other day or so and tried to reset it to as normal as possible.
Unfortunatly Mark's hands did not heal correctly. Mark is a commercial plumber-so his hands are his job. He's been having aggressive hand therapy since the day we came home.
When Mark got out of the hospital-he could not talk very well. They had just taken out the treach the day we left the hospital after 3 months. Mark had to be spoon fed, I had to hold tissue so he could blow his nose etc.
We went from the hospital straight to an Occupational live in quarters. We had a beautiful private room and bath. I had a nice bed and we'd hold hands from his bed to mine at night. It was the first time I was able to be with my baby 24/7 and I wasent about to leave Ü.
Mark had excellent therapist. Mark had a physical therapist who would help him walk again. A speech therapist to help him talk, form words, and do memory work with him. He also had an occupational therapist that helped Mark learn how do to basic needs i.e...dressing yourself, feeding yourself and all the little things we take for granted daily.
Mark worked hard 6 days a week there, and we were there a little over 6 weeks. The day before we were to leave, Mark and his physical therapist surprised me. I went to meet Mark and he stood up and walked to me. All I could do was smile and cry I was so happy and proud of Mark and his team.
Mark has been home now 3 months and is fully walking, talking, doing outside therapy 3 to 5x a week. He's getting stronger and stronger daily. All I can do is smile and thank God for the marvelous works he has done and continues to do in Marks life.
Thanks for listening to me Jeannie. I also enjoy making new friends and hope we become such.