Have not posted a public update on Harrison in a while, so here goes!
We have finally been released from all hospitals as of July 3rd and have settled in at home. How do we know? Teen attitudes. Brothers stomping off to another room. Parents wanting to pinch heads off. Family movie sessions. Late night Top Chef marathons. Video game noises all around. Resistance to chores. Talks. Trips to the grocery store. Sunburns. Hanging with friends. And the list goes on!
Got a pretty standard routine going. Got meds, wound care, bathroom, and sleeping areas organized. Harrison is stiff and sore, but pain seems to be minimal. The left leg is not strong. He can only make small movements on his own. We are helping with all wheelchair transfers. Next week we finalize outpatient PT with insurance. Program will be comprehensive, include water therapy, and will be focused on strengthening those muscles in preparation for walking. Ortho doc says Harrison can begin weight bearing the week of August 17th. All xrays looked amazing and surgical healing is on track! Looks like PT will be 3 times per week for about 6 weeks at $50 copay per session. WOW! You're killing us insurance! Long term we will follow up regularly with PCP to monitor kidney function and orthopedics to monitor activity/restrictions.
Thanks again to everyone who reached out during this time. We appreciate you. We love you. We are humbled by the awesomeness of humanity!
And last, but not least and for those close to us... visits are welcome!
I'm a little late on the updates! Harrison is off the ventilator, yay! He is super sore and stiff from being in bed so long, not to mention a couple of surgeries. Things are progressing. He is having a swallow test now to make sure things go where they should when he eats and drinks. His CK levels (muscle injury) are still going down, that's good; however, his Creatinine levels (kidney injury/trauma) are rising a little, that's not good. Watching those closely and waiting for today's report. On the up side he may get to move to a regular room today!
Last night Harrison was finally able to rest. Docs added two meds to his cocktail, seroquel and versed. They did the trick! He looked so calm, not agitated. Thank goodness! Another bit of news... his kidney levels went from 16,400 at noon to 12,000 in the evening. Yay! Hoping for more good news today. Maybe titrating off the ventilator?? We'll see...
Here we are... post pelvis surgery by 3 days and still on the ventilator. Ugh. Big Harrison has had some trouble adjusting to the sedation meds. He's been quite agitated. I can imagine him thinking... what the crap is this gagging feeling in my throat?! We hate to see him that way. Just want to steal his pain and frustration away! Docs say he probably won't remember any of it though. Today they added another medication to ease the anxiety and over the past 24 hours have upped his sedation and pain meds. All of this in an attempt to keep him calm and allow his body to recover. Stay strong big boy! Mom, Dad, Connor, and Mason love you. ♡
Pelvic surgery happened today. We have mixed results: 1) Pelvis came through with shining colors! He has metal hardware to match what is in his left leg. Airports should be fun. 2) He is still on the ventilator. The docs said wait and see status. Basically he has some ph and metabolic levels out of whack and they want to be cautious. The surgery stressed his system, which was already traumatized from the accident and at max stress levels anyway. Will be a couple of days. Don't know for sure.
You are a tough one, Harrison Braddy. Your family and friends love you. Keep fighting!! ♡
Tonight has been tough. Harrison is screaming in pain and saying, "why won't you help me?!" His pelvic surgery is scheduled for third in line on Sunday putting him at about noon. If any additional ER traumas come in he could be bumped... until Tuesday! What the crap?! Apparently pelvic surgery isn't something they "normally do on the weekend anyway." My positive demeanor is fading.
Harrison keeps crashing through obstacles! Breathing and kidney continue to improve. He is still struggling with IMMENSE pain with his pelvis. He just went through a rough patch, but is again sleeping peacefully. Good news... pelvic surgery is tomorrow! Yay!!! He says, "I just want my stupid butt a.k.a. pelvis fixed!" Love this boy. Love his dad and brothers. Appreciate loving and supportive friends and family. Applaud science and hardworking doctors and nurses. By the way, nurses ROCK it out! And so do cool respiratory therapists. :)
Well, turns out most of the fluid is in the chest cavity between th ed lung and chest wall. Harrison is having a chest tube inserted now to drain the fluid and help avoid a ventilator. The fluid build up is causing pressure and in turn he can't take deep enough breaths to keep his oxygen levels in the green. A family friend has nicknamed our tough boy, the Tank! I think it definitely fits!
I'm not being so timely at posting updates here. Sorry guys! Trying to keep Facebook updated though. Harrison has had a rough 36ish hours. He has some excess fluid on his lungs and has been running a temp. Breathing treatments with a shaker vest contraption to loosen the mucus combined with a rotten egg smelling medicine do not make for a happy 16 year old boy! To top it off, he is not resting. Sean and I have decided on a tag team approach to sleeping as Harrison wants someone to be with him. And that works out because we want to be with him too. ♡ He just got some pain meds, including a muscle relaxer, so maybe he'll settle in for a bit of rest. Good news... He is peeing lots!! That means the excess fluid is coming off. Keep working kidney. We need ya! Still no definitive word on pelvic surgery, maybe Friday... maybe Monday. That will be a huge change for him as the pelvis causes him LOTS of pain. Team Braddy is hangin' in. That's how we roll.
Harrison is keeping true to his ornery teenager self. He pulled out his IV last night and was taking off his neck collar and tossing it in the floor! My boy is hanging in there though. Lots of bones broken... leg, pelvis, fractured vertebrae. He is on the surgery "add" list and we are waiting to get word about his kidney function. (He lost the left one, so we are hoping for strong healing to the right.)
On May 19, 2014, Harrison Braddy was walking home from his high school in Norman, OK, when he was hit by a train. He was wearing earbuds and did not hear the train approaching. He survived, but is now hospitalized at OU Medical Center. His family is facing numerous expenses, from costs of a hotel near the hospital to accumulating medical expenses. If you would like to lend a helping hand to the Braddy family, please consider donating. Even small amounts will help. Thank you for caring for this family.