Yesterday was 12 weeks since I was hit at the intersection of Lomas and Tramway by the hit-and-run driver in a white SUV. Through this process, there’s been huge support from my partner — who has been there every day for me — and from my family both with visits from the UK and electronically.
Here’s a progress timeline for 3 months, from lying in the ICU struggling to breathe with everyone in huge doubts as to how much brain damage to being back at work and functioning.
- 1 hour later I was in the ER with extensive trauma and ‘in acute pain due to trauma’
- 1 day later they performed emergency surgery to restore my airway and manage the facial, laryngeal, and jaw breaks
- Lots of double vision from the orbital breaks and the muscles around my eyes not working
- 6 days later they performed ORIF surgery and fixed my hip and pelvis breaks
- On the 9th of December (11 days) I got out of bed and to a chair on a walker for the first time
- On the 13th, the tracheotomy and NG feeding tubes were removed
- On the 14th, I was released from UNMH to a rehabilitation facility, still on a walker
- Heather’s care increased here, since my jaw was wired and I was both anemic and malnourished. Their feeding did not help this
- On the 18th, I returned home
- The freeway trip was terrifying, as the double vision was so bad.
- On the 2nd of January, I started more formal PT and range of motion, strength, and other exercises for the pelvis.
- 8th of January the jaw wiring was removed and further checks on the vocal cords. Still paralysed, but I was louder
- PT continues, including cycling on a stationary recumbent bike. It was 2-3 hours a day or low impact static exercises, but I was out on disability leave
- 31st of January, additional surgery was performed to medialize the paralysed vocal cord and inspect it better. This restored some, but not a lot of voice
- Early February I drove for the first time; the double vision so reduced as the breaks around my eyes healed more completely. Driving was not an issue
- 13th of February I got permission to ‘weight bear as tolerated’ from my ortho surgeon. I was able to tolerate walking out of his office.
- 14th of February I drove myself to PT and was able to get weight bearing exercises and walk without crutches around the house. In fact, I’ve barely used crutches since then. That’s almost exactly 11 weeks since the accident.
- 14th of February I was able to return to work, and to use a regular bicycle on a turbo trainer.
I’m looking at 3 more months of PT, but I’m happy with the progress. Heather’s support has been amazing. I’ve had a good PT. And I’m the luckiest unlucky guy alive — no brain damage, no cervical damage, and my surgeries have all gone well.