Caren lives to see her 41st Birthday and continues to fight for each days progress and never gives up. Caren is a champion. She has started Counseling in addition to her Therapies. She is brave, committed, and powerfully driven to survive and move forward. Caren is a SURVIVOR!!!
Caren released from Acute Rehabilitation Center to continue recovery and therapy from home. Caren is ecstatic about each new opportunity and going through a LOT of emotions during this time of transition. She could use your support........even still!!!! She continues with PT, OT, and Recreational therapy at home through a magnificent program called "Home and Community Rehabilitation Program" through MaryFreeBed.
Caren went in for what was supposed to be a 4 hour surgery. It ended up lasting nearly 7-8 hours beginning to end plus recovery time. Caren had ribs 5-10 plated with Titanium and locking screws. They had to be pulled apart, repositioned, and then put into proper place before plating. Her R Shoulder was not able to be repaired with the Modified Judet Approach as originally planned by Surgeon, due to the extensive and overwhelming shattered bone and unhealed fractures. She ended up having part of her shoulder blade, all shattered pieces, and part of her wing bone removed. Caren spent a week at a Level One Trauma Center and then was tranferred to an Acute Rehabilitation Center for another week.
It turns out that nearly all of Caren's ribs remained fractured with no sign of healing as did her scapula. In fact, it was worse. This was not noticed until after she underwent 12 weeks of Outpatient Therapy and began to lose even more function and feeling in her R arm and hand. The fractures were not discovered until a CT Scan and Caren's tireless efforts to be heard in September of 2014.
Caren is scheduled for surgery on October 8, 2014. It is a four hour surgery minimum. She has several fractures that have not healed AT ALL.
There are ongoing challenges Caren continues to cope with in the best way she knows how. It is helpful knowing she has the support of her family, friends, other survivors, and community.
It has been 8 months since the wreck and though she has come a long way, there is still a long journey ahead of her.
Great news. Caren's AutoClaim approved after 7 months of waiting. We are grateful. We picked up her first prescriptions without having to pay for them on July 24, 2014. This will be very helpful.
Caren is still trying to regain her stamina, memory, balance, walking distance, and fatigues easily. She faces therapy twice weekly and her pain is intense. She has lost strength and ability in her R arm, yet perseveres. Caren has a long road ahead of her, but her determination to overcome is remarkable and, with our love and support, her continued efforts in therapy and at home, and your assistance, her future progress, we believe, is limitless. We are still unsure how much of a recovery she will make...but baby steps are better than no steps.
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