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Posted 2012-05-31T23:09:52Z

4pm 31 May 12

Ok its 4pm and still waiting for surgery. Had to get xrays, ultrasound and 2 more units of blood. Now waiting for a spot in surgery. Will keep you posted.[...]

Posted 2012-05-31T15:45:02Z

31 May 12 8:25am

Jim looks good this morning. Most of the damage was on his right side but they will xray his left foot and ankle to check for possible damage. Also watching bladder rupture as there is still some bleading from there. We'll be happy for this surgery to be over so that tube can be removed and we can see him awake.[...]

Posted 2012-05-31T00:02:15Z

30 May 2012

Jim’s vital signs are stable today. He was running a temp through the night but that has come down. Physical Therapy started range of motion with his good leg and arms. Of course the therapist was doing all the work. He is on his way now for radiation to his hip to prevent bone growth on the hipbone. He will have what we hope is the last surgery tomorrow at 1pm on his leg and knee. We hope they will be able to start taking him off sedation and remove the breathing tube Fri.[...]

Posted 2012-05-30T03:39:44Z

Hip/Pelvis Surgery complete

Jim is out of surgery. Unfortunately they could not continue with the leg and knee surgery. The damage to his pelvis was more extensive than expected and there may be some nerve damage. Time will tell. We should know in a day or two about the next surgery. He will continue to be heavily sedated. He will have a dose of radiation within the next day or two to prevent bone from forming around the hip bone.[...]

Posted 2012-05-29T05:19:50Z

Accident Info

Some of you already know the details of the accident that Jim was in but for those that don’t I’m posting a little info.

Jim was one of eight passengers in a vanpool heading to work on Wed 23 May. About 20 min into their commute their van hit the rear of a gravel wagon pulled by a semi truck. The vanpool driver did swerve in and attempt to avoid the truck but was unsuccessful. The majority of the impact was on the passenger side where Jim was sitting.[...]

Posted 2012-05-29T00:21:02Z

28 May 2012

Jim is doing well after neck surgery yesterday. The doctors were thinking they would take out the breathing tube today so they took Jim off sedation for about an hour and he was breathing on his own with the breathing tube in. A good sign. However they were cleared for surgery and to leave the tube in. Surgery to repair his hip and pelvis is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:30am. It is a 6 hr surgery. If he is doing well a different surgeon will continue with repairs to the leg and knee which will add an additional 1 1/2 hrs. It will be a long day for Jim.[...]

Posted 2012-05-28T03:00:50Z

Afternoon, 5/27/12

Jim's surgery went well.  He is in recovery now.  Tomorrow the respirator will be taken out.  At that point, they will assess when the next surgeries will take place.   Diane, Jim's sister is there with Jim tonight and Joan will go home to get a nights sleep. [...]

Posted 2012-05-27T15:57:48Z

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jim just went into surgery.  He looked good and vitals were good.  Surgery is a little over 4 hours and give time for recovery room.  Jim's sister Diane got here yesterday.  The nurses here have been really good. [...]