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Update on Megan

Saturday, March 28, 2009

On Thursday, March 12, my younger sister Megan had a motorcycle accident.

Thursday, March 19: Megan got of ICU. She was in ICU longer than expected because there were problems with taking the ventilator out. Her throat was very swollen, and the doctors wanted to wait for the swelling to go down before removing the ventilator.

Thursday-Sunday: Megan was in a step down room and was able to have visitors any time of the day. I was at home in Alabama that entire week, and I was able to spend a lot of time with her. She liked being read to, so I started reading the first Twilight book to her. On Sunday afternoon I returned to school.

Monday, the 23rd: Megan was supposed to have her first skin grafts, but the plastic surgeon decided the skin wasn't healed enough. Instead her wounds vacs were extensively cleaned, some bad skin was removed, and she got a wound vac put behind her knee.

Wednesday, the 25th: The plastic surgeon once again tried to do the skin graft, but ended up stapling one side of her leg instead. Following that surgery, my mom noticed that Megan's big toe was a little blue. The doctor was notified, and Megan had emergency surgery that night.

Thursday, the 26th: The doctors were unable to fix the circulation in her leg. Megan went back to the ICU. Megan's condition quickly worsened. Megan's toe was no longer the only problem area: her foot, leg and skin were all turning black. The doctors decide that the only solution is to amputate her leg.

Friday, the 27th: Megan's leg is amputated (above the knee) in the afternoon. I returned to Alabama and was able to see her following the surgery. Megan was in a lot of pain.

Saturday, the 28th: The doctor was hopeful that Megan would be off the ventilator, but they had the same problems as before: her throat was too swollen to remove the ventilator. Megan was more alert, and she was able to communicate with us by writing on a small dry erase board. She was very hungry and thirsty and was busy telling us all the food she wants to eat when she gets out of ICU. The doctor is hopeful that Megan will be able to leave the hospital at the end of next week and go to a rehab facility.

19 Responses to “Update on Megan”

  1. Whoa! I was just thinking about your sister yesterday. It's odd how the blog things stick with you. I'm sorry to hear about the amputation, but glad there is improvement. My prayers are with you, your sister, and your family.

  2. Amputated!? Oh my goodness how my thoughts and prayers are with you!

    This makes me so nervous cause my hubby always loves to ride a bike. How did the accident happen? I have to go back and re-read....

  3. I was praying it wouldn't come to amputation, but I hope that your sister fully recovers. She's lucky to have a sister like you! Let her know we are all thinking of her!

  4. I have my fingers crossed that she's out of the ICU soon and on a road to recovery. Prayers for Megan and your family.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about the amputation. I will definitely keep your family in my prayers!

  6. I am so sorry that she and your family are going through such a tough time. My thoughts will be with you!

  7. I'm so sorry to hear that your family is going through such a tough time right now. I hope to hear that she comes out of ICU quickly and makes great progress at rehab. keep us all updated! My thoughts will be with you and your family.

  8. We're praying for you! The Lord will bring good out of this situation somehow...hang in there!

  9. Oh my god, how horrible. I am so sorry to hear of everything your sister and your family are going through. I hope very much that the rest of her recovery will go smoothly.

  10. Oh my goodness, what a shock this must be to your whole family. You are all in my thoughts, especially your sister. *hugs*

  11. Praying for recovery for your sister and peace for all of you during this difficult time.

  12. Your sister and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers! I hope the swelling goes down and she's off the ventilator soon.

  13. Rebecca,

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  14. I meant to comment earlier. I'm so sorry to hear about the amputation! I was really hoping it wouldn't come to that. I hope she improves really quickly. Lots of hugs!

  15. I just came across this post. I am praying so HARD for you and your family. I pray that God will give you all the Grace you need to get through such a difficult time! BIG HUGS to you! Thank you for the updates!

  16. I just stumbled upon your site and read your post. My thoughts are with you and your family. Here's praying that rehab comes quickly!

  17. I am so sorry that it came down to amputation. The only thing I can say is that I hope that things can get better from here and that she can heal and go forward now with no additional problems.

    Sending good thoughts you and your sister's way...

  18. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  19. Hope everything's okay..... we're still thinking about you and your fam. <333


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