12 surgeries, 12 weeks in the hospital, 12 separate medical billing groups…. 12-noon, at home enjoying the fall colors – priceless!
You might recall that back on July 31st (HERE) while attending the Shark Week III rally we learned that a member of our riding group (MC) was hit by a car who was trying to beat a red-light at the Bluff Street-Red Hills Parkway intersection. This was about 3 miles from the rally hotel. We arrived on scene to see the paramedics working on MC and prepping him for Life Flight. Once the helicopter took off we helped clear debris, gathered up some personal belongings and then rode to the hospital.
MC spent 4 weeks at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT in critical care and acute therapy. There was a continuous debate about how to save the foot. He was then transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he spent another 8 weeks enduring various forms of surgeries in an effort to avoid amputation of his foot.
The awesome news is that MC was discharged from Legacy Emanuel hospital on October 23, 2013. Exactly 12 weeks from the date of the accident in St. George. And, it was a gorgeous northwest day for MC to absorb the fall beauty and take a deep breath of fresh air— the first time in 6 weeks that MC was able to go outside! He has endure more than most all of us will ever know in an effort to save his foot. You’re an inspiration MC!!
There are numerous new challenges and MC is working through each of them (finances, crutches, stairs, showering, etc.) now that the hospital chapter of his journey is mainly closed. MC’s significant other continues to provide engaging and detailed status updates on her blog and a Facebook page was created for extended friends and interested individuals to follow progress.
Being home is an incredible boost to the human spirit, but it’s not the end of MC’s recovery. There will be another 12 weeks before he can truly put his entire foot “in the dirt” and before that it will require another surgery to remove that bulky frame on his foot along with physical therapy.
However, I wanted to provide a quick shout-out to all the folks who for the last 12+ weeks provided prayers and positive vibes. You’ve all been awesome and I want to personally thank you for your kind outreach.
Photo’s courtesy of S.B.