John Update 3OCT08
Below is an email from Lona Cappis that provides more detail about John's
status and an update as of late last night.
Dear Family and Friends,
This message is to let all of you know about John's progress. Yesterday
[Wednesday] the external brace on his leg was removed and replaced with a
plate and screws. The leg was then splinted, wrapped in thick padding and
an ace bandage type of covering put on the outside. In about a week, his leg
will be x-rayed and if all is well, they will put a cast on the leg. He must
not put weight on it for another 3 months. Today [Thursday] they inserted a
feeding tube in his stomack so they can continue to feed him until he
relearns how to swallow. He is relieved to have the tube out of his nose and
throat. They hope to have him transferred to Loma Linda University Intensive
Rehabilitation Unit by late tomorrow [Friday]. Before surgery yesterday
[Wednesday] when the doctor asked him how he was feeling, he answered "good"
then later he told a nurse "hi." He has also moved his right leg and arm a
little. His original prognosis was that as his body absorbed the blood from
the hemorage, the pressure on his brain would be reduced and he would
evetually regain his mobility and speech. That he is showing signs of speech
and muscle movement also shows that he has started to heal. We are so glad
to see these possitive developments.
I want to thank all of you for your support and prayers. Many of you have
sent him cards and letters which he clearly enjoys. It all helps. Lona
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