I am so happy to say that Andrei has been released from the hospital!!!!! He will be moving home to live with his parents while he adjusts and heals. He hopes to be back to living independently very soon and will be fitted for a prosthetic in the coming weeks. This is when we need to rally together. If you wanted to help financially this is when to do it. Now that he has been released his medical bills will be coming in. He was able to get a form of insurance for critical care but it won't cover everything. Many people have asked how to help financially and you can do it here on this site. Andrei is so thankful for what he has received already. Catch up with him on Facebook he would love to hear from you. Thank you again for all your kind words, visits, letters, love, hugs, prayers, good thoughts and most of all for hope!
Not too much to report. Andrei is continuing to heal well. He is still having trouble with remembering certain details about his injuries and a few other things. He is starting to do arm exercises to help with mobility and rehabilitation. It's astonishing what his body has endured and continues to endure, he is resilient. Thank you so much for caring for and loving Andrei so much! He is able to have more visitors so if you'd like to visit he is in room 4121 at Mercy Trauma Center in Janesville, WI. I'm sure he would love to see all of you.
He's out! He is on the same floor but has officially moved out of the ICU. He is so strong. He much more awake today, having conversations and is completely aware and understanding the extent of his injuries. We will find out soon if this is going to be his room for awhile and if it is, I will post his address. He is still fighting the pneumonia and struggling with his pain level. He continues to be surprised by the love and support he's receiving so, keep it coming! Thank you all so much it's amazing to see what wonderful people he has surrounded himself with :)
I was with Andrei for a few hours today. I met one of his doctors and a couple of his nurses, they are all so caring and hopeful and kind. He is in good hands. He is much more awake and understanding of what has happened but, he is still very tired. We found out that he did have a concussion from the accident which is playing a part in his confusion along with pain medication and being sedated for such a long period of time. His memory will only get better the longer he is awake and stimulated. He has a lot of questions! We have been trying to answer them but he is having a hard time remembering that we have already told him the answer. Andrei and I talked for a long time yesterday, he's been watching Shrek and Ice Age and other kids movies and seems happy to be healing. His pneumonia is pretty bad at this point, his lungs are hurting his more then any other injury he sustained. They have removed all of his tubes (feeding, breathing etc) and when I arrived he was eating a piece of pizza. Andrei is still in a very critical medical condition especially with the addition of pneumonia, even though he is awake he still has a long journey ahead of him. He was talking about going home a lot which is heartbreaking for all of us to hear. They are hopeful about taking him out of ICU either Monday or Tuesday. When we get his room number I will post it so people can go and visit or call. We are looking to get him a phone so he can text or call and when that happens I will post the number. Knowing that people care and are thinking of him is very important. This is an incredibly difficult situation to be in and feeling the love and support from all of you is critically important. [...]
Andrei is incredibly strong. He is much more alert today and able to remember that he is at the hospital and why. He's still a little confused about how long he's been there and what day of the week it is. Today we found out that he has pneumonia. I can only imagine with amount of trauma to his chest that this is not uncommon. He is in good spirits and happy about the mail he has received. He was able to do some leg and breathing exercises today as well. Please continue to send encouragment to him as he still has a long road to recovery. His address is: Andrei Mikheev 157 W. Main St. Apt. 306 Whitewater, WI 53190[...]
For those of you who don't know Zac Smith has been Andrei's boss and friend for about 7 years. He first met Andrei the same way that I did as a camper at Wonderland Camp. He has grown up going to camp and then working there in the summer. Here is what Zac had to say from his visit with him this morning:[...]
Andrei is awake. Well, as awake as he can be right now. He has responded to commands but is still very confused. He does not know where he is or what has happened. This is not because of any brain injury so please, don't worry. He has been sedated and is on a lot of pain medication so obviously this is a very confusing time for him in general. Tomorrow I hope to have a bigger update. His femur fracture is fixed and his hip is staying in place though, it is a very bad dislocation according to the doctors.[...]
Andrei suffers from broken ribs, punctures in both lungs, dislocated right hip, femur fracture in his right leg and tramatic injury to his left lower leg that resulted in below the knee amputation on Tuesday (10/28) evening. He has no spinal or head trauma. He was sedated from the time of the accident until Wednesday at noon when the doctors began ween him off the sedation. He began small movements of his leg, hands, mouth and eyes on Wednesday (10/29) but did not wake up fully. Doctors will attempt to wake him up fully Thursday (10/30).