Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday morning, June 17

I will try to update this as often as possible, this is kind of new to us.

Last night I stayed with Patty. She has not left the hospital since we came in on Saturday so she is understandably exhausted but holding up as well as can be expected. The first two night they slept in the lobby of the ICU but last night we were able to get an "in house" hotel room and so she got a little sleep.

Paul's brother, Jim, and his wife, Laurie got in from Kansas last night and I know Patty was relieved to see them and have them here with her. His mother, Kay, and sister, Mary are flying in from Cedar Rapids this afternoon to be with her too.

We are lucky to have a wonderful trauma doctor, Dr. Paul Gray and have been told his is one of the best. His neurosurgeon is Dr. Kyle Doughty who has been consulting with Dr. Gray. The CAT scans show a little blood on the brain from the trauma and they are monitoring his brain for any swelling or pressure. He has a tube that can drain any fluids when this becomes a concern. This morning the pressure was ok.

Paul has not woken up yet. He has shown movement in his left hand and foot and right foot. We truly feel he has responded to Patty's voice. This morning she was talking to him and asked him to move his finger and we saw him lift his left pointer finger. They are looking for him to have more of these requested reactions. The doctors don't know when he will wake up and we just need to be patient and wait.

Paul is so lucky to have so many friends. There have been so many of you coming up to visit and offer comfort to Patty. She is so appreciative of all you have done.

Thank you so much,

Katie Lange (Patty's sister)


Kristine said...

I saw Paul today at lunch and he looks great! Truly I feel so confident in God's healing mercy that Paul will be fine. He is a fighter and I know that he will be awake soon. God Bless the whole Jerde family.

Anonymous said...


Thank you for the update! Please let Patty know that her ClubCorp family is thinking of her constantly. We send all of our best thoughts her way and if she ever needs anyone to talk to, yell at or a shoulder to cry on, she can always call us! Hang in there. Miracles happen every day.

Best wishes,
Amy Bryan

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