when it rains it pours...
So a little over a week ago (July 10, 2011 to be exact) my dad, who lives in Las Vegas but was on a business trip in California, broke his neck at the beach. His C7 vertebrae to be exact. Luckily those around him were quick to respond and he was rushed to one of the top hospitals in the US for this sort of injury. He also was able to retain mobility of his limbs but had general numbness. After getting to the hospital they found that there wasn't significant damage to the spinal cord so they postponed surgery after giving him steroids to help with the swelling (also reducing the chance for complications during the surgeries).
This past Tuesday he seemed well enough to not only perform the surgery to put in a plate to stabilize his neck but also for a second surgery to clean out bone fragment and repair the broken vertebrae. Shortly after the completion of the first surgery (the plate), one of his lungs collapsed due to some water swallowed when he broke his next and they had to cancel the second surgery until this was remedied.
He was hooked up to a ventilator for a few days and was in a chemically induced coma. His second surgery was successful and he was brought back. Since the surgeries, he has been able to get around with the assistance of a walker. We've been informed that 80% of people that sustain this kind of injury never walk again so we are very hopeful for his recovery.
Then a week after my dad's accident, a close family friend passed away after battling lung issues for over a year. He passed in his sleep.
And on a much needed lighter note, I'll be hitting up Chicago Comic Con in mid August.