Thursday, May 01, 2008

Prayers for Michael

My late wife Jan's brother Michael lives in a group home in Massachusetts. He has some developmental delays and a seizure disorder, which is mostly controlled by medication.

Two Saturdays ago Mike was on a field trip when he had a seizure, fell, and struck his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital where CT scan showed a right temporal skull fracture with some subdural bleeding.

Mike had two operations to drain off the blood and try to address the skull fracture. He had lost his left side movement and sensation after the injury; this was restored, with some weakness, after the surgery. He was also not speaking very much, but is eating and taking his meds.

On Tuesday, Mike was transferred to a rehabilitation facility not far from his home and friends. I'm hopeful that he will regain the needed function to rejoin the friends he's lived with for the last 22 years.

With both parents and his only sibling now gone, it's fallen to me to manage his affairs, and should he not show progress I'll likely take a more proactive stance in identifying the best possible long-term care options for him. This will mean at least one trip up there to assess and make decisions. I'm hoping that he'll be able to return to what has essentially become his family and his routine.

Your prayers for Mike are greatly appreciated.

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