Well, I am back. I have had quite a year.
My husband was driving early in the
evening last New Year's Eve, a few miles from our house, going about 45
mph. A dually pickup truck left oncoming traffic, crossed a median and
oncoming traffic and hit my husband's van.
He was trapped in our van for 52 minutes
before the jaws of life could get him out. He was taken by ambulance to
a nearby trauma center. He sustained a punctured and lacerated left
eyeball, and heavy trauma to his entire body including shearing forces
on his very brain cells. He had 15 bones and sinuses broken on the left
side of his face. He had broken ribs, his scapula, sternum, left hip and
pelvis, left thighbone and knee, both wrists, left forearm and left
upper arm shattered. He was in a drugged sedation in ICU for 3 weeks,
airlifted, and in-patient rehab for a month.
He has continued in his recovery very well. He is walking with a cane, swimming, and cooking seated by the stove.
I couldn't help but thinking that he
would certainly, certainly have died if this happened
before modern trauma centers. He was on IV antibiotics for over a month. He had
an intubation, tracheotomy, feeding tube, 29 bones set with plates,
rods, pins, screws. Round-the-clock skilled nursing. I can't even
imagine what life would've been like without painkillers this year.
If you want to read about his recovery
you can here. Just keep pushing "newer posts" and you can read it all
for the new school year I've been able to take my focus off
of James' injuries and turn my attention to our school again. I hope to start writing more.
I'm so pleased you are reading Higher Education!
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Teresa (Tracy) Dear