Thursday, March 17, 2011

3-17-2011
We will update her status on here.  So please check here for all information.

Yesterday was Erin's first day on her road to recovery. Due to injuries sustained during her fall, Erin's brain began to swell. On admission, Erin received a craniotomy in order to relieve the pressure within her skull. A CT scan revealed broken facial bones and swelling, but no brain herniation through her foramen magnum (the opening of the skull leading to the spinal cord). She is currently on a ventilator in order to protect her airway and to assist with her breathing. Throughout the evening, she remained stable. Her kidney is functioning well and she has no signs of other internal injuries. Her heart produced some arrhythmias around evening time, which was corrected after providing her with some electrolytes. She had no acute events overnight.

This morning, she had a repeat CT scan which showed no new changes. Good news! She also looks less swollen today. She attempted to take a few breaths on her own which is a good sign. She will remain on the ventilator, however, as her airway must remain secured. She is also still in a coma which is what she needs to fully recover. She has not regressed any throughout her journey so far, but she has a long road to recovery. Erin is certainly a beautiful, brave, and strong woman and she is getting exactly what she needs right now...beauty sleep and lots of love and prayers.

10 comments:

  1. Thinking and praying of Erin and her family.

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  2. Praying, Praying, Praying so hard. We love you all and you are in our thoughts and prayers!!

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  3. Praying for and thinking of you Erin and your family. Hoping you recover very soon :)

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  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Dustyn. Erin is so strong an sweet, we are heartbroken to hear she was injured. Gods blessings and speedy recovery.

    Woody & Trish

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  5. Good news that she is responding. Please let Dustyn know we are thinking about him and hoping he has Erin back in his arms soon. Keep us posted Kelley!

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  6. The St. George's School family is praying for Erin. My son is in her class and he says she is his favorite teacher. All the children are praying for her and her family. We wish her a speedy recovery.

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  7. I am reading this from Ohio. Please know that although we've never met, you are all in my every prayer. My dad fell down a flight of steps 8 years ago and had a TBI and subsequent brain surgeries, etc. I have been where you are. The shock, confusion and the holding onto hope. It's an emotional and physical rollercoaster. Erin sounds like an amazing woman. I pray for a full and smooth recovery. I also pray for patience and strength for her family. Sending love and prayers your way.

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  8. Love love love and kisses kisses kisses to one of our favorite St. George's teachers ever -
    Shawn O'Brien and Raphe Robert

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  9. Love and Prayers to Erin and family. I taught with Erin at St. George's before moving to Fort Worth three years ago. As we teachers always say, Life is a journey not a race". Erin is a strong one and I know she's up for the journey.
    Love,
    Susan Dufour

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  10. Erin, we may not know each other well, but like many others have said, we chipmunks share a sisterhood. I have been praying for and thinking of you and your family daily. I check for updates on you many times throughout the day. I am so happy to read that you are doing well and are fighting like heck to come back to your loved ones. I have faith that with your strength, you will make a full recovery and come back stronger than ever. Know that the chipmunk family, near and far are all pulling for you! Erin you have amazing friends and family!!
    And Dustyn, your strength through this trying time is truly inspiring! Erin is a very
    lucky girl!! Keep it up! And thank you for taking the time to update us all!!

    Kelly Bankston Bowles
    ACHS class of '95

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