Lori Riggles Medical & Rehab
My mom is in a stable condition and all of the news we have gotten has been good so far. But she is still asleep.
She has head trauma, fractures, and other injuries. We need your help with medical expenses, rehab, and loss of income.
It is going to be a long road ahead, but all of your prayers have helped, and the support has been overwhelming. With your support of this campaign, we will try to move forward.
Sorry for the delay in the update on my sister. I guess it is the nature of these sorts of things - uncertainty, questions, etc. - which is part of the delay. I keep thinking it will make sense to wait for the "next big thing" that is pending, so that I can give everyone a more complete story. But they are all big things, so I guess it makes no sense to wait. She was extubated and off the ventilator yesterday. She was disoriented and confused, but this got better as the day went on. She asked at one point for us to pray for her, and she also asked her nurse if she would be able to run again. These are all good things. She had to be intubated again for surgery, which was yesterday. She is still on the ventilator as of now. The surgery was on her hip to stabilize the fractures, and that went well. Found out that the soft tissue injury to her right upper extremity was a degloving injury, which is much more serious than a laceration. If you deconstruct the word, it will explain what the injury is. It looks pretty bad, but ultimately I hope this will be okay. The surgeon ordered occupational therapy and physical therapy. The quality of care at Baptist South in Montgomery has been wonderful - top notch, all the way around. We hope she will be extubated and off the ventilator (again) today. I have cried more this week than I can ever remember, but there is much to be grateful for. It is really a miracle that she is alive, let alone that it is a possibility that she can recover from this with a good outcome. My sister and I are posted things to Facebook, and I will copy things here from this point on as well. The amount of support and goodwill that I have received, and that has been directed to my sister and her family is simply amazing. It has been the most humbling thing I have ever experienced in my life. Thank you and please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts. Chris
Update on my sister: I came back to Birmingham yesterday, and my sister Melissa flew back to Utah from here this morning. I am headed back to see Lori this afternoon, so will have more information after I see her. She was extubated yesterday, and her cognition continues to improve. She is still disoriented/confused some, but that is to be expected. Evidently, she does know where she is at and is aware enough to know that she was injured. She wanted coffee this morning - that is good (and not surprising to anyone who knows her). I will post again after I see her. Keep her and her family in your thoughts. Chris
Now, I begin my path to healing and recovery. I have been so grateful for all of the prayers, positive words, and kindness that my family has received. I am so thankful. Please know that each of you are in my prayers each day. The road to recovery is one that I am so fortunate to be on. I know I would not be there, if I had not received the support that I did. A special thank you to all!
I would like to extend my warmest thanks to all of you who have so generously donated to help my sister. God bless you all.
Update on my sister, April 28th: Lori is now in Birmingham at UAB/Spain Rehabilitation Hospital. It is really difficult for me to express how grateful I am that she is even alive, let alone talking upon admit to inpatient rehab. More than that, too: she seems eager. That is a big deal, something that is truly remarkable given what happened. I suppose the hard part of writing something like this is to strike the right balance of things. I am incredibly grateful she is doing so well and yet she has a lot of work ahead of her, and it won't be easy. I think it would be wrong to casually say that everything is going to be okay, because we simply do not know that yet. And on the other hand, I am definitely optimistic. I could not be more grateful that she is here, nor could I be more proud of her, for her toughness and resilience. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts. Chris
Update on my sister, April 25th: Lori had internal bleeding, but it looks like it was caught in time and it is now probably repaired - we will know better in the morning. Again, thanks for the good thoughts and prayers. Chris
Update on Lori, Sunday April 24th She had a rough night - in pain and disoriented, sometimes very much so. That is to be expected to some extent, but it is still difficult. She did rest at times, though, and is comfortable at the moment. I was in Montgomery last evening, but went back to Birmingham. I am back here today with my mom and Ron. He stayed with her last night. She is scheduled for a surgical debridement of her right hand today, which looks pretty bad. It is hot, swollen, and discolored from subcutaneous bleeding. Debridement is where the devitalized tissue is removed. This is a good thing in that, if things are headed that way and you need it, it is better to go ahead and do it, as it will help the body heal better. I will post an update after the procedure. Please continue the good thoughts and your support. She is going to need it. It is going to be a long road to recovery, with no guarantees for any of it. We are incredibly grateful that she is even in a position of being able to make that fight. Chris