Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hard Times

Arcadia, California         High 76 Low 54

Why am I in California? My son-in-law Ken, that lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, came to have back surgery in California. The surgery he had a year ago didn't go quite far enough and he has been in pain ever since. This time they went in and fused some bones.

After surgery he seemed to be doing OK, but about 4 hours later he quit breathing and his heart stopped. No one knows for sure how long it was, but could have been up to 15 minutes before they got him going again.

He was unresponsive except for his breathing and heart. From what my daughter-in-law told me, he was having some kind of seizure and the decision was made to induce coma and put him into hypothermia. Susie told me that there is a larger chance for recovery if this is done.

They lowered his body temperature for about 24 hours and then slowly raise it back up. He should have been back to normal temperature at about 3:00 this morning.
then then take hime off the medications which takes a while before they know anything.

Once he comes out of the coma they will do testing to see if his brain is OK. It may not be until tomorrow until they really know anything.

I felt like I should be here for support for my daughter, Sabrina.

Hopefully there is a good outcome from all this. Right now everyone is just waiting.

It is nice to have a son and daughter-in-law that are both doctors so we get a little more information. (Nick and Susie) I did get to meet my grand daughter, Vivian. She is quite the cutie.

I plan on staying until maybe Saturday to see if there's anything I do for Sabrina.

Getting here, I was reaffirmed of why I hate driving in California. My GPS had my arrival time at approximately the time it told me at first until I got about 30 miles from here. Then all the traffic got so bad that I lost 25 minutes going the last 30 miles. And all this was at 1:00 in the afternoon. I wonder what it would have been like during "rush hour" and I'm only on the outskirts of LA.

Anyway, I hope you are having a better time than I.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers for your family and a good report from the doctors.

  2. Sorry to hear and we too will pray for your family.

  3. Nope, not a good day at all. Here's hoping for the best outcome.

    Yes, we learned all about Los Angeles traffic when we were there last April.

  4. We'll be keeping all of you in our prayers.

    It's about time.

  5. Sending prayers for your family.

  6. We're sending prayers to your family. Keep us posted. There is always traffic jams in LA.

  7. I am so, so sorry for your family. Sending lots of prayers your way that he wakes up soon and all is okay.

  8. Sending positive thoughts your way.