Tuesday, June 2, 2009
My grandpa was released from the hospital this morning at 10 am, so they too will be back home this afternoon.
One more tidbit about the lovely little town of Lubbock...My dad thought it only appropriate to leave his mark on behalf of our entire family. As you know Joey was allowed to ride home in the RV. When it came time to load him up, my dad pulled up to the front of the hospital and just as he reached the porticache, sewage spewed out from the back leaving a nice little pond directly in front of the main entrance. The LaPille's have officially marked their territory at the UMC thanks to my dad.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Last night at 1 am my mom got a frantic phone call from my grandma saying my grandpa was admitted into the hospital. He woke up not feeling good and very dizzy. He told my grandma that "something wasn't right." Fearing the worst, my parents left El Paso at 2 am and arrived in Lubbock at 8 am this morning. With my grandpa in Cardiology on floor 6 and Joey in the Burn unit on the first floor, Marley was truly in over her head. The hospital wants to keep my grandpa over night for observation and so they can run some tests. They just want to be sure he is stable enough to travel back to El Paso. Hopefully they'll be leaving tomorrow.
Come tonight, Joey will be at the HIGHLANDS REHABILITATION HOSPITAL at 1395 George Dieter Drive. I'll get the specifics later tonight after he's all checked in.
Thank you for all of your prayers! They worked!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
My uncle officially got moved to step down on Saturday. The surgeons are very pleased with his skin grafts as they all have taken very well. The original plan was to spend a week or so in step down then on to El Paso to stay with my grandparents for home health. However, Joey was a little uneasy about the idea of home health and has decided to go to a rehab center in El Paso. They are still waiting to hear about the availability. My uncle requested The Highlands on the eastside. I spoke with him today and he said that there's a possiblity he'll have to ride home in an ambulance depending on what insurance says and what the hospital allows. He'd much rather ride back in my grandparents' RV. He will know more towards the end of the week. If all goes according to plan, something nobody in Lubbock seems to stick to, he will be headed back to El Paso next week sometime. My fingers are crossed.
Evidently my mother has created monsters out of all the nurses. When she drove up the second time she put together gift bags for all of the staff with beer and burritos. They've now been taking orders. There's no place on earth that has better Mexican food than El Paso. Now all of the Burn ICU staff believes in this statement.
My uncle told me today that my dad and I keep asking the same question.. "have the doctors told you when you can drink yet?" We want so badly to have a beer with him! Although my uncle did say he probably couldn't hack it. He said "I'd have half a glass of wine and be done!" haha.
El Paso rehab centers, get your #@% together. Por Favor.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I can't believe tomorrow marks 5 weeks since my uncle's accident. He is so ready to go home. At this point, the nurses say that he's still about 4 weeks out. When he gets home and settled, Marley is planning on having a huge celebration for him. Everyone is invited! I know he will love that!
My grandma got him an earpiece for his cell phone, so he's been making phone calls when he's been up to it. Give him a call.. I know he'd love to hear from everyone!
Thank you for all of your prayers,
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The surgery went very well. They did a skin graft on part of Joe's right arm and chest. He was in a lot of pain today and mostly in and out of it. The surgeon took skin from the tops of his thighs. This Thursday the plan is to have another surgery to patch up the smaller areas in need. If everything continues to heal at the current pace, he'll be moved to "step down" in a few weeks. Step down is basically just recover. After step down is home! So we're looking at right about 5 weeks.
My uncle had a few things he wanted me to include on the blog this evening:
Thank you to Russell Stephens of MSD Ignition for the donation of the ignition system for the VW bug and he really appreciates all others from MSD.
Also thank you so much to Competition Motors...Rudy you're the best. Saul, how can I ever thank you?
Joey would really like to thank everyone for all their prayers and thoughts. He is so touched by everyone's concerns.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I spoke to my grandma this afternoon and got a little bit of an update. Not much has changed except that ALL of the Integra has officially been removed. None if it adhered properly and most of the areas were infected. This Sunday is scheduled for surgery #5. Originally the surgeon planned on completing all of the skin grafts on the remaining areas in one swoop, but it doesn't look like that anymore. Now they've decided to do each of the skin grafts one at a time. My uncle doesn't have many places that the surgeon can take skin from so it looks like they will be taking it from the same places as the last time. Now that the skin on the front and back of both of his thighs are healing, they will target those areas again to replace the burnt skin on his arms and neck. He's in good spirits and looking towards getting the hell out of the hospital. We haven't heard any educated guesses on when however... we shall see. I'll be there next weekend I and can't wait to see him!
See you soon Joey! Love you!