Friday, August 12, 2011

In an instant. . .

Wednesday night, my phone rang from a strange number I didn't recognize. Typically, I don't answer those calls, but my gut told me I wanted this one.

On the other end was a lady from the fire department letting me know that Trey had fallen at work off the pole they slide down. Over the past few days, I've gotten differing stories but the general consensus is that he fell at least 12 or more feet, and landed on his back on the cement floor.

I rushed to the emergency room and sprinted in to check on him. Fear consumed me. Was he paralyzed? Was I ever going to hear his voice again? I was so utterly terrified.

To my surprise, I walked in to watching him wiggle his toes as the doctor examined him. My heart skipped a beat. I was so thrilled to see that tiny movement I once took for granted.

He was in severe pain, and we had a difficult time getting help to manage it while in the emergency room.

Finally, about 6 hours later, and after lots of tears and pain, they got us moved to a regular hospital room, and Trey was put on a pump so that he could better control his pain.

While in the ER we found out that his L1 vertebrae was broken, as well as a hairline fracture on his ankle.

Since then, we've been fighting an uphill battle.

My husband is not one to be in pain easily. He played several football cames in high school WITHOUT his arm attached completely to his body (his shoulder was severely dislocated). Clearly, it takes a lot for him to be in pain.

To watch him cry and scream in such agony is like ripping my heart out and stomping it on the ground.

He's was given high doses of morphine in an attempt to relieve his pain. His back has been spasming non stop for the last 48 hours and causing him so much more pain as his entire body flexes around his injury.

The morphine made him itch severely and also caused tons of nausea. His blood pressure bottomed out twice last night and they had to pump him full of fluids. Such scary moments.

This afternoon, they decided to put a filter in to try and prevent blood clots from spreading to his lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. They can't put him on blood thinners due to the risk for him to need surgery.

During this procedure, they gave him more morphine to control his excessive pain, and he went into respiratory distress.

They have now moved him to the intensive care unit, and we are fighting to get his oxygen levels back up.

Just know that life can change in an instant. The things I prayed for Tuesday night seem irrelevant today. I just want to see my husband smile again.

I know God is in control and I'm trusting that he's watching over Trey and that our fate is in his hands. There is a little more going on in our life that I don't care to share right now, but I'm asking for your prayers.

Please remember Trey and the journey ahead as you pray. Pray for the surgeon and doctor's to act with wisdom that only God can give them, and please pray for strength for me. It's difficult to wear many hats and deal with everything in daily life as well as taking care of my husband's medical future.

*I'll update details about his surgery/treatment as has been discussed with me tomorrow. I'm going to bed now* 

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ~ Romans 12:12


Lindsey said...

Words cannot express comfort to you and your family right now, but I just want to let you know that I have been thinking about you a lot and praying for everything to work itself out. Much love and hugs!

Rikki said...

I just wanted to let you know you and your family are in my prayers. This is my absolute worst fear for my husband, I can just imagine what a nightmare you are living right now.

Ashley said...

We are praying for you and your husband!!

Katie said...

Oh my goodness! I'm praying for your husband, for healing, for the doctors in his care and for you as ya'll go through this.

Erica said...

Oh my...I hardly have words, so scary how life can really change so quickly. You sound very pulled together in your writing, sounds like you're on top of things and understand what's going on so well. I'll for sure include you all (and the medical professionals) in my prayers!

Niki said...

Love you friend. We haven't stopped praying.

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

I am not sure if your husband is a firefighter, but I am gathering that he is. My husband is as well.

I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and sending all my positive thoughts your way. I just found your blog through a fellow reader who sent us here, but I am pulling for him, you, and your family!!

Please keep us posted.

Amy said...

Praying for comfort and healing for Trey, Peace and strength for you, and wisdom and knowledge for his doctors!!

Becca said...

Prayers have been lifted up for Trey and you'd family this way and will continue to be!

Ashley said...

Leah - you are in my thoughts daily! I'm praying for comfort and a fast recovery for Trey and strength for you!

Ashley Paige said...

Lifting you, Trey and your family up in prayers! Thinking of you :)

Ashley said...

I have been thinking of y'all non-stop and praying for you! I am so sorry that this happened! God is in control!

Lindsey @ Running Down A Dream said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear this!! You, your husband, and my family are definitely in my prayers!

Melanee said...

leah, i'm so sorry to hear about trey. you, trey, and ryanne are most certainly in my prayers.
i hope the day comes soon that you can see him smile.

KyrstenW said...

Leah, my husband and I went through a similar experience, though his was a bike-vs.-car accident. Daniel's L2 vertebra was shattered and it took a good surgeon, LOTS of prayer, Daniel's athleticism, and a lot of patience to see him through and back on his feet. Take heart! Daniel was back on a bike in 3 months, back to full-duty at work in 5 months, and back to racing mt-bikes less than a year later. He regularly scoops up his 3-year-old girl, but the 6-year-old is getting too heavy for either of us. :o) God is good and faithful. I will pray for his continued sustaining strength and hope for you and your family. Christ's best to you. -KW


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