Because Life is Full of Complications …

One of my siblings was in a bicycle accident last Saturday.

She apparently hit a rock while she was riding.

I didn’t have phone service in Canada, but I could receive text messages.

My brother kept me updated with a flurry of text messages.

My sister was found unconscious with a serious head/brain injury and transported to an ICU unit.

My heart has been in my throat since I got the news.

On a positive note, last night (after four days), she was moved out of ICU.

I was ready to hop on a plane, but I’ve been told there’s nothing to do right now but wait.

It’s excellent news to hear she has left ICU.

I know she’s sleeping most of the time.

The nurses “make” her wake up every two hours.

I know she has no memory of the accident.

She is confused and her memory, in general, has been affected.

All of these things are normal after a brain injury.

No one can say, at this time, if there will be lasting cognitive changes.

We have been told recovery will be slow.

I’m focusing on the fact she was moved out of ICU.

I know it’s a very positive sign.

I’ve told her husband I can fly out and help at any point.

He feels, since the hospital is taking care of her now,

It might be best to wait until she comes home.

They will probably need more help then than they do now.

I’m trying to take a deep breath and relax,

But my stomach is still in knots.

15 Responses to “Because Life is Full of Complications …”

  1. Denise

    Oh gosh, I am so sorry. How very scary and life changing for her and the whole family. Brain injuries can be a long road to recovery but it sounds hopeful that she’s out of ICU so soon. Sending you a big hug. And yes, take deep breaths.

    • Suzanne

      Thanks.
      Yep, I’m trying to focus on the positive.
      If she hadn’t had a helmet on it would have been much worse.

  2. gina

    Prayers are going her way. So good to hear that’s she’s out of ICU….that is GREAT news.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      Yes, I don’t understand the whole process yet but being moved out of ICU sounds like a big positive.

  3. Missy Stalcup

    So happy that she is improving. Yes she will probably need your support and help after she is released. Neuro injuries have a long recovery process. Prayers and hugs.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      She’s a resilient person which is a very good thing!

  4. Judi

    I’m sorry to hear about your sister, but it sounds like she is in good hands and it’s great she’s out of ICU so soon. I hope things continue to go well, but the harder part will be once she’s home.

    • Suzanne

      That’s my understanding too.
      Brain injuries involve very slow recoveries …

  5. Julie in Michigan

    I hope your sis is getting better and better each day.

  6. Mj

    I will be praying for her recovery and for her husband, you, any other siblings and family to be comforted while she recovers. And also for the doctors to have wisdom to make the right choices for her medical situation.

  7. Jenny in MN now in AZ

    What terrible news for you and your family! Long road ahead for your sister. I hope she has a speedy and full recovery. So sorry for this new stress in your life. Hugs, prayers and positive energy for you and your sister.

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