Friday, February 19, 2010
My Brother Oscar
The past few days have been overwhelming and surreal. I can't put into words how I feel, but I still have hope in all that's good for the sake of my brother. Since I don't really have anyone to talk to, this is my way of sharing something that doesn't seem real.
My brother was in a work related accident where a valve exploded about 3 feet from him. There was about 4-500 lbs. of pressure behind this valve, and it is something that could have been prevented had people been paying attention to the work they do in the oil field. Anyway, when the valve exploded, part of it hit my brother in his head and knocked him out immediately. This piece of metal went into his skull about an inch causing a severe and very traumatic head injury. Had he not had a hard hat on, he would have died instantly.
He was rushed to the hospital where was put into a coma and then airlifted to another hospital in Lubbock, Tx. There, Oscar then had surgery where he had a 50/50 chance of getting through it. He had about a shot glass amount of his brain removed because it was damaged from the blow to his head. We were told that Oscar may not be able to speak, or understand what we are saying to him because of the part of the brain that was hit. There is no way of knowing that for sure until he wakes up. He has been heavily sedated for the past three days, as well as on a ventilator.
Yesterday was a day of miracles because Oscar has already opened his eyes. It was just for a second, but this is something that has blown the doctors and my family away. He was moving his arms and legs with a good amount of force, so the doctors have had to tie down his arms and legs so that when he does actually wake up all the way, he won't injure himself.
I say when because today Oscar opened his eyes again! This time it was longer than just a couple of seconds. He cannot focus in on anything, but he is looking around and moving his body. The nurses say that he is responding to pain, which sucks, but doesn't suck because this shows how strong he is and how well he is doing already considering the severity of his injury. I just don't like seeing him in so much pain. He also was taken off of the ventilator and is breathing on his own. It is obvious that it is difficult for him, but he is doing so awesome that I am blown away by his strength! That is most of what is going on, or as much as I can handle explaining.
We don't know how Oscar will be, or even if he will fully recover to his old self once he wakes up completely, but we know that this is going to be a very long process. Thank you to all who have shown your support and love. I cannot say how much I appreciate it.
I know that you can hear me when I'm with you and when I'm not. I love you very much! I am blown away by your strength. You r light shines and your smile always brightens my day! I cannot wait for you to wake up, smile, laugh, and then tell me to shutup like you always do! :) I love you bubba, and I would do anything for you! I hope that you know that I love you more than I will every be able to express! I will be there when you wake up, and I will be there helping you get through this! Hang in there! I love you!