Duane Freriks Road to Recovery
My dear friends, the Freriks', are going through a very difficult time as Duane recovers from his injuries after his fall. Being that they do not live in Saskatoon, its a fairly significant financial burden on the family. Parking at the hospital is expensive, as is food etc. Please help make this somewhat more bearable for them by donating.
Any amount would help!
There is also a Meal Train set up for them, so please also visit that page if you'd like to help in some other way.
"It's the kind of heartache you can feel in your bones" - Anonymous
It is with heavy hearts that we are having to write this. Since our last post Duane had an MRI done which showed significant irreversible damage affecting many areas of the brain which control motor skills, speech, personality, mobility and breathing. Towards the end of his journey we were noticing a decline in his responsiveness and eye opening. Duane's doctors felt that it was unnecessary to proceed with the tracheostomy or any further procedures as these were not comfort measures. Duane passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 27, 2017.
We would like to express our sincerest appreciation for all the love, support, prayers, donations and visits over the last three weeks and counting. Every text, every phone call, every memory shared will forever be treasured.
Lisa, Shyla, Sean, Shelby, TJ, Kendall and Brandon
The past few days have been mostly unchanged. Duane has had a few CT scans and they continue to show a significant amount of bruising, which is still worrisome. The drain in his brain remains intact, however they are trying to wein him off over the next few days, in hopes he can start to reabsorb the fluid on his own which is a normal bodily function. We are approaching the 14 day mark which indicates it's becoming the time to change the breathing tube in his throat to a traech. A traech is much easier on the patient and allows for easier weining off the ventilator. His blood pressure and temperature remains elevated at times, which they have been treating off and on with sedation. Therefore, some days he moves his right side more than others. Around 6pm seems to be the time where he flutters his eyes halfway open for a few seconds. He does not do this on command which is what's preferred, however we will take what we can get. The doctor is pleased that so far he has not taken any steps back, rather steps ahead or remained the same.
Again, thank you for the love and prayers.
The Freriks family
Posted 01/15/2017 by Lisa Freriks
Yesterday the neuro team was in to see Duane and they decided to clamp the tube that drains the extra fluid and blood from his brain, to see if he can handle it being taken out. They kept an eye on his readings and decided it was too early to remove it. His temperature has been slightly elevated but they are slowing down the invasive techniques to lower it, as they are hoping he self regulates. He is still on two different antibiotics to fight the blood infection and pneumonia. The right side of his body remains strong and he grasps who's ever hands are at the bedside with him. He will often cross his legs, just like he did at home. The left side has very slight movements but still remains very weak. Lastnight, he decided to knock our socks off and show us his beautiful golden eyes! Mom, Shyla and Sean were at his bedside and soon Kendall and Shelby joined in on the excitement. Any improvement is a huge victory. On behalf of the Freriks family, we want to send our sincere gratitude and appreciation for every generous donation, healing words, prayers and endless support, allowing us to stay positive keep moving forward.
Much love, Lisa, Shyla, Sean, Mya, Shelby, Tj, Kendall and Brandon