Accident Recovery Update.
It’s Monday morning. I was too tired last night to do an update, and Austin was exhausted too.
Sunday Austin had a pretty decent day. He met some more milestones, such as working with physical therapy, getting up to the commode with help, and trying to stand (there was a lot of yelling).
He’s been moving his broken leg a little more himself in the bed. He’s really been trying.
For much of the day he felt pretty good, then after his three times out of bed, he felt less than stellar. But…he’s eliminating, he’s exercising his lungs, and his wounds are healing. He’s eating a tad bit now–he’s definitely his father’s son, because all he wants is cold cereal and fruit. He ate a whole orange Sunday evening. Big success!
Austin always likes visitors. He perked up a bit when the Knights came, then Laura Saladino. He was kind of in the middle of his therapy at the time, so they caught him wiped out and hurting. It was still good to chat over his head, so to speak. Laura blessed us all by sharing a special song.
Grandma and Aunt Peggy came before therapy. Austin was able to enjoy visiting with them when he wasn’t in quite so much pain. We are still enjoying the bright and fragrant lilacs and daffodils she picked from her yard! Of course seeing Grandma always makes the day a little better! ❤️
Rest and Recovery
After supper Austin and I both konked out. I was reading, he was catching up on his phone, and I heard the think of my phone falling to the floor, and looked up to see Austin sleeping, phone in hand. We napped for awhile in a rare time of no staff coming in and out. It was very nice–Austin especially just needs so much rest. He’s been through the wringer and that takes a toll. He’s gone through surgery and so many broken bones. His body needs time to heal.
Of course he needs the therapy and to push through the pain. But for some reason he can’t sleep at night much, and so if he naps at random times, his body knows it needs it. When he’s sleeping, or trying to, I remember all of this. Let his poor body rest. That’s how things heal.
I got Austin positioned and settled into bed a little early last evening, dimmed all the screens in his room, and the nurse gave him some melatonin. I left before ten, feeling the exhaustion, and praying that Austin would have some blessed sleep!
It’s Monday morning now.
I anticipated coming in to see Austin well rested and strong today. That didn’t happen.
When I came in he looked haggard and rough. He was obviously hurting a lot, and that surprised me. He’s been doing better with his pain in general, but this was different.
I positioned his broken leg and he about came off the bed when I touched his knee. What? Nothing is wrong with his knee.
I felt it all over and found it warm and swollen. It didn’t look red, but it was excruciatingly tender. I immediately iced it above and underneath, and called his nurse in. The nurse put a compression wrap on it, we elevated it, and an X-ray was taken. Right now we are awaiting those results.
My immediate thought was blood clot. I spoke to the trauma team and the nurse, and they are taking it seriously. Ortho is supposed to come in as well.
Austin is doing more yelling currently. It’s pretty bad pain. We had the nurse release the compression wrap, and that actually brought more relief.
Prayers to this end are appreciated. I’m glad that are attentive and responsive here.
The nurse just came in, amazingly Austin had closed his eyes, and caught a quick few moments. Mr he nurse said so far it looks like effusion (fluid) but nothing else. He has some relief at the moment, since the bandage got removed, and maybe from the ice and elevation. Austin has his eyes closed again and I’m praying for him to get a solid block of sleep time.
Thanks to everyone!