Dear everyone, today (June 19th ) is the one year anniversary of my accident, so I wanted to tell you what happened so you hear it from me…here goes:
I fell and hit my head in my apartment. It’s that simple.
I passed out and laid there for 4 days. I woke up and called 911 and somehow got to the hospital.
In the hospital all sorts of medical problems happened:
My blood sugar was over 500.
My organs started failing, my right lung collapsed, and they had to give me a tracheotomy and put me on a ventilator.
From there they put me in a medically induced coma.
My kidneys failed, my lung kept collapsing, my gall bladder was infected. I had a wound on my right leg.
My body went septic.
The coma lasted about 2 months.
I came close to death many times—they called my family and they were told if they wanted to say goodbye to come right away.
Somehow I miraculously woke up—I couldn’t talk and didn’t know where I was for a couple of months.
I ended up being paralyzed in both legs from the knees down. My right hand and arm are paralyzed.
I have been convalescing and doing physical therapy for many months.
I am currently in a medical facility in Northern California. They get me into a wheelchair so I can go outside sometimes.
This has been a long and extremely difficult journey, physically and emotionally. And I have a long way to go, just like Dorothy.
I could not have survived without my family and friends. I deeply appreciate everyone who has donated to the Go Fund Me page.
I have good days and bad days and the worst days you can imagine, but I still have my brain, and for that miracle I am forever grateful.
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and encouragement.
As always, your friend
(I have also lost 160 lbs.)