Thursday, August 14, 2008

ladders, beer bottles & the ER



Tuesday didn't go down at all like a regular Tuesday. Rob called just after noon to calmly tell me he'd fallen off a ladder while pulling a wire for a security system install. He had lacerated his arm on a now broken beer bottle in an unfortunately placed box of empty bottles on the counter. He was patiently awaiting an ambulance to take him to an unknown hospital... oh, and he was not okay. Panicking, I made arrangements for Bennett and Audrey, who would be done with school in a couple hours. After many hours in triage at the first hospital and then a transfer (ambulance ride #2) to a hospital downtown, he could finally be seen by a hand surgeon. Dr. Champagne performed emergency surgery to repair one severed artery, one tendon and a partially severed nerve. All in all, about 50 internal, permanent stitches and 20 staples that will come out next week. Here he is a couple hours after the surgery, still trying to shake off that general anesthesia. We were home by midnight; the kids enjoyed their first sleepover at our friends'... thank goodness for good friends! The doctor says to expect about six weeks in the splint and 12-18 months for the "fuzziness" to subside in his pinky and ring fingers. We're pretty grateful everything turned out as well as it did - we know that the Lord is blessing us. Thank you to all who have called to check up on us and for all your prayers!

5 comments:

Lesley Wright said...

Oh my goodness! I would be freaking out if Dave called me and said he was on his way to the hospital and he did not know which one. Crazy. Good thing they were able to fix Rob up and that he is ok. Can't wait to see you guys in September

Elyse said...

Wow, not the sort of update I was hoping to see =< So sorry for Rob, what a bummer =< However, glad he is on the mend and many prayers to you!! Hope you're feeling good and that little punkin in your tummy is healthy and not causing you too much trouble these days. Love ya!! and hope for some pics of those adorable munchkins of yours!!

Maddy and Drew said...

Wow! I'm so sorry that happened! I'm so glad that even though it was an awful situation that things are going to be OK! We'll keep you guys in our prayers!

emily a. said...

Yikes Rob- I'm glad everything turned out 'okay' and I hope it doesn't take a year to have the tingles go away.

Andrea said...

Wow. Good story! I am glad it turned out okay and here's to a speedy recovery!!!