Clark Griswold - An Update

First of all, a HUGE thank you to our friends and family for the support.  Your thoughts and prayers mean the world.

I arrived at the hospital this morning to find a weary Craig and the news that he would not be released today.  We hope for tomorrow, but it could be Wednesday.  The L1 vertebrae is broken, and 30% compressed on one side (he shrunk).  This means that he'll wear a brace for 4-6 weeks; hopefully avoiding any surgery.  He was measured by the nice man from Hangar, and are praying that the that the brace will arrive tomorrow.  When we get home, he will need to be flat on his back for two weeks, after which time he hopes to back to work.  He will only be allowed to sit up for 45 minutes at a time, and then will either stand up or lie down (flat again).  I think I'll get him a cot for his office for Christmas.

I left him in the good hands of the Fink's and hope to get some housework done so that I will be organized for his homecoming.  He was in good spirits (laughter, hydrocodone and strong muscle relaxers did the trick) when I left and now I hope he'll nap for awhile. 

In all of the hoopla last night, Troy took Murray home so I could be with Craig.  Stef had us in fits of laughter recalling the events of the evening.  Apparently, he walked in the door, took his coat off, looked at Stef with a deadpan expression and said, "My Dad fell off the roof.  They might shoot him."  Stef changed the subject and they did the laundry.  Apparently we need to have some discussion about guns.  We hope to have him visit the hospital this evening, depending on how the day goes.

Again, thank you to everyone for offers of help and support.  I'm as calm as I am because his injuries could have been so much worse, and I'm thankful that he will prevail. 


Carol said...

Glad he's in good spirits and doing better. Do you have the Christmas Vacation DVD? He's going to need movies to watch when he gets home and Murray can learn about guns from cousin Eddy! :) Call if you have a honey do list pile up, I'll bring the carpenter down or if you need anything.

Mom, Dad, Grant and Dylan said...

Good to hear Clark is doing much better. Brad said when he was up there to see him at lunch he seemed to be high on his drugs enough not to feel too much pain! Hope things go well when he gets home and let us know what you need! We can bring dinner or whatever is needed!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Marie! I ran into your sweet cousin last night and learned the news that way. I have missed the important stuff, and am so sorry I haven't been by to connect the dots and give you my support. You sound amazing though, under the circumstances, and Murray's comment, oh my, that just cracked me up!!! Too funny. Well, there's a bit of a road ahead but you have the right attitude, girlfriend. Keep it up. One day at a time.



Anonymous said...

Hope he's doing well, I just heard about it all this morning! I'm so out of the loop. Stay well my friend!