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I thought I was done
I thought I was done with brain damage when I buried my father. But life had other plans in store for His Daughter.
On Saturday May 4th, my 30 year old son was outside working on his yard, and in a split second he went down. A neighbor who was also a nurse was out walking her dog saw it happen. She ran to my son and started CPR. The ambulance was called and he was rushed to the closest ER. When I got to the ER they were working on my son. He had no pulse, heartbeat or blood pressure. I went to his side and talked calmly in his ear telling him everything that was happening. Those doctors never quit, they worked on Luke for an hour. Through out it all, in my mind, I privately said if they can't bring him back whole, it would be better off if they simply allowed him to die. I knew that his heart was the least of our problems.
We've had a very tough 5 days. 24 hours of cooling to help protect his brain, and another 16 hours to re warm his body. Taking him off the paralyzing agent and sedative, hoping all the while he'd wake up and come around.
Further testing, of every type available, is showing my son has brain damage throughout his brain. He's got a few things going for him, he's young, and had no preexisting conditions. And we all know how unpredictable brain injury can be. Miracles do happen.
At this time, my family is in need of your prayers.
........and now...........His Mother
(((((((((((((((His Daughter/His Mom)))))))))))))
Things sound extremely serious - but you are entirely correct that youth is on his side. Time can yield a lot of good things too - no guarantee, but it is entirely possible if he shows some improvement withing the first 6 months of this he can have a much better outcome than you would predict now. Unlike dementia, there CAN be the potential for improvement.
A very long time ago, working in rehab., we saw near drowning victims and head injuries that were not expected to make any progress at all, walk out on their own upon discharge. We humans, despite technology, can only predict so much.
I hold you and your son in prayer intentions this week.
I am so sorry to hear this. I pray for a quick recovery.
Oh no Gail! I'm so sorry!! Praying right now!
His Daughter / His Mother,
My heart aches for you. I'm so so very sorry to read about your son. It is hard to find the right words right now. You, your son and your family are in my prayers.
This is heartbreaking. Just awful. The only blessing (?) is that he has a wonderful, caring, compassionate, and patient Mother. I'm so sorry for what you are going through.
His Daughter/His Mother,
My heart breaks for you. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. I know there are no words to describe what you are going through. <3 I'm sending you a big hug.
Oh my god no....
You have been an absolute rock for me and so many others on this forum. Your care, love, empathy and most of all honesty has been invaluable.
When your dad passed away, I privately had this sense of relief for you. You deserved time for you.
This news is painful to hear.
I know you are too smart to hear "it's going to be ok", but I do want to say something. Last year, my best friend's brother had a severe brain aneurysm. It was unique in that it's a type that primarily hits women over 50, and he's a 33 year old guy. The chance of permanent neurological defect was high - like really high. He was also in ICU and on life support for something like 6 days. I just saw him 2 weeks ago and by all accounts his basically 100%.
I am thinking of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with your precious son, you, and your family.
Rest in Peace my beautiful son, Luke
August 30, 1988 - May 9th, 2019 11:45pm
And the only thing that ever mattered was the DASH between those years.
I am so shocked and so deeply saddened at the loss of your beloved son, Luke. One thing is for certain: Luke was loved and Luke loved you and that love is eternal. There is nothing that can ever end the love you have for him nor his love for you, not even death. Know I am here for you. My prayers are with you in your hour of need and in all the times to come when you feel alone, know I care deeply and am with you in spirit holding your hand across the internet.