Before I begin read the post on where the name whale came from if you are confused why I called my blog that.
I will write soon about how the whole incident happened but for now i want to update everyone. Please feel free to pass this on and pray. That is what he would want. We just talked to the doctor. The original injury caused several things to happen to his brain. We still do not know what caused the bleeding, and the doctors are trying to determine that also. Because of the bleeding it caused his brain to shift 1-2 inches, and caused several “compression” injuries or strokes. There are several compression injuries to his brain, including an area to the vision portion of his brain. The main injury we are watching now is on the upper portion of his brain stem. this portion controls several vital functions to being human such as vision, and the wake up function. The doctors are asking us to be patient and wait to see how much of the injury showing up on the MRI is swelling and how much is actual stroke. To this point we are seeing reflex activities such as response to pain and breathing. I learned to day that these are all on the bottom of the brain stem, and show that parts of the brain are functioning.
He is still in a coma like state, and to this point not showing purposeful movement. Please pray that we work get a purposeful response, because this would show that his brain is processing information. The doctor said the worst case scenario at this point is that he remains in this state, but there are still several things that are puzzling them about this man. My sister said there are things puzzling all of us about this man…
The positive is that he has slightly improved overnight. He is having a slight gag reflex (which shows he is close to being able swallow) He is also having his eyes show a slight reflex to light and blinking. He is also breathing on his own with some oxygen help.
Please pray. My family has received notes, text, and emails from all over the world. I know know my dad would be amazed at the out pouring of support. Please pray for these three things. 1) that he would wake up from the coma. This would be a miracle in itself. he is continuing to amaze doctors with small improvements. 2) That the doctors would see purposeful movement. this could be better eye movement or muscle movement or waking up. Anything that show the brain is taking in and processing information. 3) Pray for the area of the brain stem that is showing injury.
All the sibling are here at the hospital and we are joining the world in a pray for a man that has impacted thousands. And we are seeing that today.
I will update this as we hear more