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OftenBen  ·  130 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 7, 2018

My baby brother is in a critical care unit following an accident on the highway late last night.

From what I know he is stable after some surgery to address an internal bleed, looking at a recovery measured in months.

I need more coffee.

Update*

He is stable. Progressing well. Off the ventilator, off most of the stabilizing meds, pain is well controlled without rhino tranquilizer.

This brother is the black sheep who left home as a teen after months of fighting and screaming matches to go live with his girlfriend and her family. Before he came off the ventilator he wrote a note to the nurse asking her to call his 'adoptive family' and have them come. Drama has ensued. I think I have felt almost every emotion humans are capable of feeling in the last 48 hours.

I got 3 hours of sleep last night before getting to the hospital at 3:58AM today.




nowaypablo  ·  130 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Keep us updated.

OftenBen  ·  128 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Moved to a stepdown unit today.

Back brace in place purely as a preventative. Twice daily visits from the respiratory therapist to make sure he is recovering breathing capacity at the expected rate. Low addiction-potential pain pump in place in lieu of rhino tranquilizer. Beginning discussions of how to begin rehab and physical therapy.

A visit from the police officer who was first on the scene. Two other cars involved in the crash. He was hit by a Tahoe doing about 65 MPH. Both of the other drivers are fine, their cars are scrap. He was the one at fault via 'too fast for conditions.'

I don't know what is next.

nowaypablo  ·  128 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What’s next is recovery and accountability. You know what you can and can’t control. You can slap your lil bro around after he gets off the back brace.

OftenBen  ·  128 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We will see. For various reasons related to the drama I posted about in my main post, I find it hard to be optimistic.

kantos  ·  130 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Keeping him in my thoughts. Hope the surgery and good care can expedite recovery.

steve  ·  130 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sorry to hear brother. This storm dumped a lot of snow on those mitten state roads.

I hope his recovery is swift