Miranda’s Journey

 

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June 23, 2017 –  Well, Miranda is well enough to move out.  She is getting ready to move in with Her boyfriend Darnell (A super guy).  There were times when I never thought that we would get to that state.  Wondered if she would ever be back to herself.  She is close.  Not 100%, but I will take it.  She still does not have a ton of strength in one arm and has the tiniest of limps when she gets tired.

March 10, 2017 – It has been a while since I have posted anything here.  Miranda has done very well.  She is walking around and doing her own thing.  Today we are at the hospital.  Hopefully this is her last surgery on her elbow.

Below are a few of her x-rays.  Yes, they are recent and Frightening.  Hard to imagine having all that hardware.  Fortunately, she is young.

November 1, 2016 – Miranda is working hard on her recovery.  Things are coming along.  She has gotten quite good at hopping with the walker, since she is non weight bearing on her right foot.  Kevin keeps her up and active, which has helped her a lot.  It builds up her stamina to where you can see improvements in things each day.  Now when she is hungry, she needs to use the walker to come to the table.  No more tooling around in the wheelchair.  She is much further ahead than where I thought she would be.  We had some friends over this past Saturday as a welcome home for her.  I am pretty sure it wore her out.  Last night she sat on the front porch and passed out candy to all the kids.

October 21, 2016 – Miranda is home!  So, anyone that would like to come visit her, we will be having a little Miranda Is home “thing” next Saturday, October 29, 2-16 from 1pm to 3pm.  Please text me for address.

Feels good not to be going to the hospital, but still a lot of work.  At least we can all be at home.  Miranda still can’t walk, but she will get there.

October 13, 2016 –  There is actually a plan for Miranda coming home.  Nothing is for sure yet, but she is doing very well with therapy.  Down to just a would vac on her belly.  Everything else is gone.  She is talking up a storm.  We have move her bed to our house and purchased the items that she needs that insurance wont pay for.  She is talking up a storm.  Has even called me several times.  She gets tired easily, which is expected.  My sister Karen and her husband Gary are coming from Virginia to visit on Saturday.  Trying to decide if I should let it be a surprise for Miranda.  Karen and my niece Becky came right after the accident, but Miranda remembers very little.  She has memories that return from time to time and she tells me she remembers seeing Becky, but thought it might have been a dream.

October 7, 2016 – Lots of progress.  Miranda is doing many things on her own.  She may get to come home soon.  She can not put any pressure on her left are and no weight on her right foot, so it will make things very interesting.  The hospital is working with her and us to determine what she will need in order to get home.  The are working on totally removing her trach.  Once they have managed that, the only thing she has left is the wound vac on her belly.  She will likely come home with that.  We need to put things in high gear and get the house ready for her arrival.

October 3, 2016 – I can tell that Miranda is vertainly feeling better.  Everyday she ives me a list of things to bring for her.  Funny things like shampoo and conditioner becasue she doesn’t like what they have at the hospital.  That is more like her.  Worrying about things like how long her toe nails are getting on her foot in the cast.  If she couldnt see them, I bet she wouldnt worry about it, but they stick out the end, so she sees them.  She is also starting to ask a bunch of when I get home questions.  So I/we reassure her a lot that she can manage and someone will always be there to help as long as she needs it.

October 2, 2016 – Well, Miranda got a speaking valve, so I got to hear her voice.  Funny how you miss things you take for granted.  She had an appetite, which is great.  Her diet is a bit limited, but only because she still has a trach.  Yesterday, Haley and I took her a Frosty from Wendy’s and she was quite pleased.  She wants to come home, so we spend a lit of time talking about what is necessary to get there.  I have asked her to think about whether or not she wants visitors, an she wants a bit of time to think about that.   She doesn’t like the fact that she needs help to do things right now.  They got her a motorized wheel chair, so she can go wandering the hospital and even go outside.  nearly every time I see her, she has a list of things she wants me to bring her.

September 29, 2016 – Well, Progress.  Miranda got to drink water.  She thought it was the best water she had ever tasted.  Considering it has been 5 weeks since she had anything to drink.  Then, they brought her dinner.  She had that confused scared look.  But, she wanted to try everything.  Chicken nuggets were good, pudding was good.  Macaroni and cheese caused her to make a silly 20160928_170808face, I equated to why doesn’t this taste like Mom’s.  She didn’t eat a lot, but she ate.  They plan on putting in a speaking valve soon, so she can talk, but that they brought her a tablet and she can type questions slowly.  She had a lot.  Everything form how bad was the accident to what all did I break?  It was almost like talking to her.  Of course, one of her questions was, when/How do I get out of here.  That’s what I wanted to hear.

September 27, 2016 – Kevin stopped by the vet today to pick up Jax.  I asked our Vet to have him cremated for Miranda.  They called to check up on Miranda several times.  They would not let us pay them.  I can’t thank them enough.  Awesome people.  So for any of you in my area, Please visit:

Marysville Animal Care Center 17800 OH-31, Marysville, OH 43040  Phone: (937) 644-8121.

They will be good to you and your furry loved ones.

September 24, 2016 – So, when I arrived at the hospital today, she was dressed and physical therapy was there.  They got her to a wheel chair.  She was a bit anxious about it, but once in there, she wanted to go outside.  SO, we went for a walk and she pointed to where she wanted me to take her.  At this hospital, the goal is to be as normal as possible.  That means getting up, getting cleaned up and dressed.  I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s not exactly bright, but I know it is there.  I am sure soon she will be able to talk, which I am looking forward to.

September 23, 2016 – Lot’s going on.  Miranda was moved to a rehabilitation hospital.  It was hard on her, but it is the right place for her.  She is the girl that always tries and never gives up.  I am anticipating her progressing quickly.  Miranda still can’t talk.  They are hoping to make adjustments to her trach to allow her to talk and begin eating.  I imagine she will have tons of questions when she can talk.  Thank you to everyone  that cares about Miranda and her recovery.  It means a lot to all of us.

September 19, 2016 – All is well.  Miranda did well with physical therapy today.  Later this week, they may move her to an LTAC (long term acute care) hospital.  They tentatively estimate she will be there for 10 to 30 days.

Today she asked about Jax.  She did not remember asking me in ICU.  Big tears .  Deep down she knew that he didn’t make it.  I told her that he didn’t suffer (like she is).  I told her that he is up there sleeping in a bed with Derrick, Koko and Darby not giving Derrick any room.  He has dog family there and Derrick.

September 17, 2016 – it says a lot when I can skip a post without a zillion phone calls or texts.  We are headed in the right direction.  Miranda actually stood up at the side of the bed today with physical therapy and did some leg exercises.  They were quite impressed.  Me too!  She is happily watching Netflix now.

September 15, 2016 – No more ventilator! Yeah.  Miranda is breathing on her own through her tracheotomy.  Next step, she will get a speaking valve and be able to talk.  Can’t wait for that because I am horrible at lip reading.  Hoping things go faster and faster.

Special Than You to my Family – When this happened, I didn’t even make it to the hospital and Kevin was there.  He didn’t want me to drive.  He stood by me and helped me sort out things (mostly didn’t let me jump to any conclusions).  My sister Kellie arrived that evening at the hospital.  The next day, My sister Karen , niece Becky and Great Nephew (he was only a few weeks old) arrived from the DC area.  My oldest sister, Anke, who lives in the Houston area and has been in Italy that last couple of weeks has been in contact with me each day about Miranda, regardless of where she was or what she was doing.  It really does mean a lot.  It also makes me stop and think how petty and small things, are sometimes the things are that keep us apart.  I even said to Kev, “wow now all the dumb arguments we have seem even dumber.”  I seem to keep learning lessons about what’s important in life.  Not sure why I have to keep learning them, unless someone thinks I don’t get it.  I do.  Life is to short for nonsense.  Love your family and love the one your with.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  I get it, I swear.

September 14, 2016 – Miranda is happy to be watching Netflix.  I brought her,  her tablet and got it going for.  She immediately dove into a movie, “Wicker Man”.  I am happy to see a glimpse of our Miranda on the way back to herself.  I brought her some scar cream because she asked for it and put it on the area they removed stitches.  One step closer.

I know many people want to visit Miranda  but she is not yet ready for  visitors.  This is not my choice, but hers.  I will let all of you know as soon as she ready.  Thanks so much for caring about our Miranda.

September 13, 2016 -What a difference a day makes.  Miranda looks a lot better today.  She is doing her best to try and talk.  No infection in her liver and her white count has improved.  They took the stitches out of her knee and elbow today.  She wants me to get her the scar cream, so we can begin working making them lighter.  She had physical therapy today and did very well.  A special thank you to my great niece Addison for the beautiful card she made Miranda . It made her so happy.

September 12, 2016 – Miranda is very sleepy today.  She totally needs some rest.  I stayed for a couple hours until Darnell (boyfriend) came.

September 11, 2016  – A little late with my update.  Exhausted.  Miranda has difficulty sleeping and finding a way to be comfortable. She still has a lot of nausea.  Doctors are pleased with her progress.

September 10, 2016 -Miranda got moved to a step down unit.  This is good news.  She is still not ready for visitors.  She can’t talk.  They also found a pocket of fluid behind her kidney.  They removed the fluid and will make sure there is no infection.  She tried to get me to put Netflix on the hospital computer (which I did not do).  We will get her something to watch Netflix on soon.

Miranda had to have a catscan of her belly.  It revealed a pocket of fluid around her liver.  It could be the cause of her nausea and low temps.  They will put a drain in so they can drain and analyze.  She is also being treated for pneumonia.  She looks beautiful, considering…..

September 9, 2016 – Miranda had a difficult time sleeping last night.  She is on her way to surgery for her right foot.  More info later.

September 8, 2016 – Miranda had a good night.  Se was able to sleep, which has been somewhat of an issue.  Her heart rate  has gone down.  All good signs.  Miranda may get moved to a step-down unit in the near future.  I will make sure to let everyone know when she can have visitors.  She still can not talk due to the Trach.  We appreciate everyone’s prayers, desire to visit, and offers to help. Foot surgery tomorrow.

September 7, 2016 – No blood clots.  Miranda was wide awake.  Friday she will have foot surgery.

Today Miranda is having ultrasounds on her legs.  Precautionary to ensure she has no blood clots.  She is nearly off sedatives, so she is awake more.  She is still unable to talk with the trach, but has pointing down packed.  She actually asked for her glasses so she could better see the TV.

September 6, 2016 –  Miranda is more alert as they take her of sedatives.  This is both good and bad.  It seems to make her a bit more anxious and feel more pain.  They have the pain under control, but are working on her anxiousness.   One day at a time.

September 5, 2016 – Miranda seemed much more alert this evening.  She is still unable to talk yet, but she is getting better at pointing.  She had Haley changing the Channel on the TV multiple times and seemed to be able to follow along.
Miranda is out of surgery and doing well.  The tracheotomy is making communication a bit easier, but she can not really make sounds.  They will now work on weaning her off sedatives.  It is so nice to see her beautiful face.

September 4, 2016 – Miranda is sleeping a lot.  Tomorrow she will go to the operating room for a tracheotomy and feeding tube.  I know she wants that breathing tube out of her mouth/throat.  They are hoping that helps her recovery and makes her less anxious.  Wonderful group of doctors ans nurses caring for her.

September 3, 2016 – Miranda is resting comfortably today.  No temperature.  They are deciding if they will give her a tracheotomy so they can remove the breathing tube.  She watches TV from time to time.

September 2, 2016 – Miranda has no fever this evening and is resting comfortably.

Has a low grade fever today.  They are using cooling blankets and Tylenol to keep it down.  They tried to work on weening her off the ventilator, but she could not take a deep enough breath.

September 1, 2016 – Miranda did not sleep well.  Still has a temperature of about 99.  They are not overly concerned about it.  Doesn’t make me feel any better.  Went to operating room in the afternoon.  They got her belly closed.  Everything but the outer skin layer, which they will do later after there has been some healing.  Next week they will hopefully work on her foot, but the swelling is so bad that there are open blisters.  Now we need to wait on the breathing tube to come out.

August 31, 2016 – Miranda has a temperature.  Went all the way up to 102.  They do not know if it is infection or trauma related.  Decided to wait one more day before going to the OR.  Using a cooling blanket to try and keep her fever down.

August 30, 2016 – Worked on her belly again.  Got it a little more closed with the wound vac.  The plan is to take her to the Operating room tomorrow and hopefully close it.  She was very awake and alert.

August 29, 2016– Having difficulty with feeding tube.  Still have to close her belly and fixIMG9572441 her badly broken foot.  While Miranda can’t talk, we can ask questions and she can nod yes or no.  She wanted to know if there was someone else in the accident.  We gave her details and told her the the other person had minor injuries and is home.  I don’t think she believed me.  When she got to her dog, I didn’t say it, I just said “We still have you”.  She knew.  Tears came, from both of us.  Not your fault baby, just an accident.  She kept shaking her head yes.  Heartbreaking.

August 28, 2016 – They closed up her belly some.  Still a long way to go.  Tried to turn down the ventilator, but she is not ready.  Still in The ICU.

August 27, 2016 – They believe the liver has stopped bleeding.  They will try to close her belly bedside a little at a time.

August 26, 2016 – More surgery.  Clean out the belly, clean out the elbow, fix her ankle, fix her ribs so she can breathe better, fix the clavicle.  Cannot close her abdomen due to swelling.  She is more awake at time.  She to know us all.  Orthopedic Doc said she is missing a piece of her elbow.  They will put in a temporary fix but she will need a bone graft.

August 25, 2016 – More surgery.  Clean out her belly.  Liver was still bleeding.  She was awake at times.  She tried to talk to her boyfriend Darnell.   Hard to do while on a respirator.  ICU, stable but guarded condition.

 August 24, 2016-The Vet called me.  They had her dog.  He died on impact.   Poor Jax.  I am glad he did not suffer.  He was Miranda’s baby.  They were all upset.  They knew Miranda was trying to find her way when this occurred.  My heart was breaking for Miranda.  I knew if she made it through all this, she would be heartbroken and feel responsible.

Surgery again.  This time they put a rod in her femur.  They were pleased and said that it was strong and she would be able to walk on it without any issue.  Cleaned out her belly and fixed her knee.  She was still with us.

 August 23, 2016 – Miranda was in an induced Coma.  They had gotten some X-rays back.

Left Tibia broken in multiple places.

Left elbow had compound fracture and some of the bone was missing.

Right knee was broken in multiple places

Both knees had lacerations into the joint.

Right ankle broken in multiple places

Right foot broken.  They were getting a pulse there, so it was looking more optimistic.

Broken right collarbone.

8 broken ribs on the right and 4 broken ribs on the left

Collapsed lung form the broken ribs.

She would be going into surgery again for her belly (They left it open) and they were going to look at her femur and other injuries.

She went to surgery, they cleaned out her abdomen, but did not close because there was still internal bleeding.  Cleaned out all her wounds.

August 22, 2016 – Started out like any other Monday.  Our Vet called me to tell me that Miranda had called them because she got lost on her way to the vet.  They were having a hard time getting her there.  I called Miranda.  She was flustered and upset because she got lost and was going to be late.  She gave me the name of the road where she was. I was unfamiliar with the road.  I told her I would send her the address and she could pull it up on her phone and see where she was.  I went off to a meeting at work.

A bit later My doctor called and said if you can be here at 3:30 he will see you today.  I started having odd arthritis type issues in hands, feet, jaw etc…  So I left work and went to the Doc.   It took forever.  On my way home, I thought I will call Miranda to see what happened and why she got lost.  Phone went immediately to voice mail.  Odd.  Called several times and sent a text.  The vets office was closed so I could not call them and ask if she had gotten there.  I got about half way home when the local Sheriff called to tell me that she had been in a serious accident and was life flighted to Grant hospital.  I started shaking and called home.  Kevin said pull over and pull yourself together.  I did.  Only a few minutes passed when the Chaplain called.  Then I became border line hysterical.  Kevin decided it was best not for me to drive and came to me. Before he got there, the chaplain called me a second time to see if I was there yet.

I was a mess.  It was the longest scariest ride ever.  I tried preparing myself for anything and everything mentally.  It did not work.  We got there and the chaplain met us downstairs.  She took us up to ICU.  Miranda had already been in the operating room to try and repair her internal injuries.

There my little girl laid, on a respirator with nearly everything broken.  Doctors told me that they repaired her lacerated small intestine, but the liver and spleen were still Resized_20160824_120642bleeding.  They had not completed X-Rays, but they knew she had a compound fracture of her elbow.  Her Left tibia was broken in several places and her right ankle and foot were so badly broken that they might have to amputate.  They couldn’t give her the blood thinners she needed to try and save her foot because her liver was bleeding.  You need a liver to live, not a foot.

My sister Kellie arrived and her and I spent the night, while Kevin went home to get Haley from friends and take care of her.  Kellie and I laid/sat in the worlds most uncomfortable chairs, freezing.  Sleep never came for me.  I talked to Kellie and texted with Susan from DesertSky quilting.  I waited.  I did not even know what I was waiting for.

27 thoughts on “Miranda’s Journey

  1. I’m sobbing as I’m writing-feeling so bad for all of you. What a horrific ordeal but it sounds like she’s a fighter & improving daily. You’re all in our prayers.

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  2. It looks so stark, all written out like this. I’m thankful for a Heavenly Father who answered prayers the way we hoped. A long recovery road, but she is still with you.

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      1. You’re welcome. I try to visualize it all in my mind, decide where I would have been in the crowd. Always hoping I would have been one of the ones making a good decision! =)

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  3. I was sick for a couple of weeks and not functioning well for another one, but am back on track now, and I’m so happy to check in and see what is going on with Miranda – all good stuff! I’m so excited that she’s moved into the rehab phase. This is such good news! I’m hoping you are finally managing to get a good night’s sleep each night!

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