Thursday, December 18, 2008

More Updates for Adam

I spoke to Adam today and he seems to be in a little better spirits. His physical wounds are slowly beginning to heal. But he grieves over the loss of his friend Johnny Pat Millburg, and those wounds will take much much longer to recover from.

Adam is still in the ICU. The surgeries to fix the internal bleeding appear to be successful. But he lost a lot of blood, and his red cell counts were very low, so they transfused a couple units of blood today. The physical therpapists came and helped him to sit up and get out of bed a little. He can't put any pressure on his broken leg, so they helped him to balance and stretch on the better leg.

Yesterday he was complaining about more pain in the broken leg. The doctors have been worried about blood clots, so they took him in for another little surgery. They put a filter in his vena cava, the main vein that carries blood from the lower body back to the lungs. The filter would prevent any blood clots from traveling to his lungs causing a pulmonary embolism. Normally they would administer drugs that would help keep blood clots from forming in the first place. But because of Adam's internal bleeding, they NEED his blood to clot. Hence the filter.

He also spiked a fever last night. They are doing blood and urine cultures, but we won't have the results for a couple days.

Adam REALLY wants to get the NG tube out, (a big tube that goes through his nose and down into his gut), but the doctors are worried without the NG tube, his intestines might get a "kink". So it looks like that is staying for a couple more days. He was able to take some medications by mouth today. The first time he's been allowed to basically swallow anything. Tomorrow they will begin letting him drink water, and see how that goes.

My mom went to Johnny Pat's funeral yesterday and said it was really beautiful. She is amazed at the strength of Johnny's parents, Gayle and Leo Millburg. We love you, we are thinking of you, and keeping you in our prayers. We are so grateful for the opportuntity we all had to know Johnny Pat. He was a wonderful man, and a great friend to Adam. We are reminded everyday how lucky and blessed we are that Adam is alive. It's a strange combination, to be so full of grief and gratefulness at the same time. Emotions run close to the surface these days. For all of us. Thank you again to everyone for all you have done. I appreciate it. My family appreciates it. And Adam is especially grateful.

I will finally be able to see him with my own eyes tomorrow (big cheer) , and will give more updates then.


  1. Your family is in our prayers. Hope things get a little better for christmas. Be safe driving & we will see you when we all come back after the holidays. We love you!

  2. I am Brittany Malone Adam knows me from High School, I went to prom with Johnny Pat. I know that you guys get to talk to him often so will you please send my condolences to him and tell him that my family is praying for a fast recovery and that we are so thankful he is ok. Tell him I love him and will talk to him soon, thank you so much! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.