Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Mack & his best friend, Jason - age 14

Some folks asked why I named the blog "Richard Manor", although we call our son Mack. I know it gets a little confusing so I will try to explain. Richard M. Manor is Mack's dad. Mack's given name is also Richard M. Manor, but he is not a Junior, so he was never called Mack/Richard, Junior. His dad was called Mack by his Mom and siblings when I met him and his son was called Little Mack. As Little Mack grew up he chose to take on his given name of Richard with his friends, but the family dropped the "Little" and still call him Mack. I called his dad Richard from the day I met him and Little Mack has always been "Mack" to me. The middle initial of M in their names is for McClellan, which is both of their middle names, and I guess it was shortened to "Mack".

Today has been really hard for everyone. We had a conference with Mack's Neuro-Surgeon this afternoon. A CAT scan had been done recently and we wanted to know what it showed and we also had several related questions for his doctor. I took some notes, but the terminology was rather foreign to me, so I didn't get everything down exactly. Please, if anyone else in the family wants to add anything that I may have missed, please click on "comments" at the bottom of this blog and add them so that everyone will be able to read the additional comments made.

The accident caused Mack to have severe traumatic head injury, among other serious injuries. Severe traumatic head injury occurs when there is direct damage or the threat of damage to the brain. An example of direct damage to the brain would be a gunshot wound. A threat of damage would be a severe contusion which may result in a hemotoma or increased intracranial pressure. The right frontal lobe (sub-dural) of Mack's brain was injured causing hemotoma and increased intracranial pressure. This is why they placed drain tubes in his head at the onset. The most recent CAT scan shows that the brain swelling has gone down, which is an improvement. The doctor said that the drain tubes in his head will most likely be removed today since they have done their job. However, there are still scattered patches of blood and fluid in the brain. The doctor stated that there has been some cellular death of brain cells due to low blood pressure and the brain being without oxygen for a period of time right after the accident since his lungs collapsed. They don't know yet how this will affect his recovery process as time progresses. The CAT scan doesn't show any reason why Mack is still in a coma. The doctor said that there may be damage deeper than the x-rays show at this time. This week Mack has moved his right leg when the nurse is cleaning out the knee wound and has moved his arm and hand toward his mouth when they aspirate his lungs and mouth of fluid build-up. For the past two days he has been running a fever of approximately 101.8 from some type of infection. The doctors have taken a blood sample from Mack to test for the bacteria that may be causing the fever and should know the results tomorrow. At that point they will know which antibiotic to administer to fight it. Although he is in a coma, we've all seen some type of eye movement behind closed eyes, which can be a good sign. The doctors and nurses at MCV in the Neuro-Science ICU are doing all they can to take care of him. Toward the end of the conference we asked the doctor what we could do to help and she said simply, "PRAYER".

With that in mind, we ask that you please keep Mack in your prayers.

Ruth & Richard

3 Comments:

Anonymous Brenda Dudley (Daniel's Mom) said...

I want to let Mack's family and Belinda know I have Mack and all of you in my prayers. I appreciate you taking the time to create this site to keep everyone informed of Mack's progress.

At times like this, everyone is under great stress but must pull together for the sake of the one they all love who need their prayers, love, and support. You also need each other's love and support.

I believe Mack knows his family and friends are there for him and it will help him in his recovery process. Talk to him, touch him, and let him know how much you love him.

I also believe with all my heart that God will give Mack a second chance at life. Prayer and faith go a long way and Mack definitely has many people praying for his recovery.

Keep your faith and know that God will see you all through this heart-wrenching time. God bless you all.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Sandi Borah ( Brenda Dudley's Friend
Please know that there are many of us out here praying for your family. Praying for Mack's full recovery. Mack know you are all there with him and love him very much and I am sure he knows God is there as well. We are thinking and praing for him strongly and that is a ver powerful thing. Keep the faith and know you are not alone.
Sandi

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

Ruth,
Thank you so much for doing this. It is very thoughtful and well done. Crystal

4:23 PM  

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