Our Son, Dylan
by Linda Stimeling
Christmas 2011 with Mikayla
My step-son, Dylan was in a sever car accident on January 3, 2012. He is 17. He was traveling to work, from school on that Tuesday. He flipped his t-top camaro into a field and it landed on it's top. He suffered no obvious injuries... he was also awake and alert on the scene..not even a scratch from the neck down. No broken bones, no internal injuries..nothing...except head trauma...he lost consciousness once cut from the car and placed in an ambulance awaiting the helicopter to land to transport him... He is been in the S/T ICU since...16 days later, his brain has stopped swelling and bleeding (day 7), he is off all of his sedation meds (When he was brought into the hospital he was already unconscious.) and he is on the lowest dose of pain meds...The doctors said he has nothing holding him back at this point. it's up to him to wake up.
My husband (his father) is beside himself. His health is nothing short of disastrous. He has trouble breathing (having panic attacks) and his chest hurts him all the time...not to mention he hit the bottom edge of the gene pool and also has bi-polar disease. This goes untreated to to lack of medical ins and $. He is so strong. Such a wonderful person and Dylan is so strong too. He is such a wonderful gift...A & B student, doesn't drink, do drugs and has never been in trouble with the law. Why is our faith and gift being jostled in my very hands. This boy has to wake up. Our son HAS TO WAKE UP...please someone. Tell me there is a chance?
Dylan's inter cranial pressures was being measured by and ICP stem. Tube that stuck out of his head and a catheter passed through it to the middle of the brain to measure the pressures.. they were floating between 7-9 steady. They never had to do anything more than open the drainage tube when pressures would spike. They really don't like to see the pressure go above 18. They would then come back down on there own. It has been as high as 50. Once his brain settled and stopped swelling and the bleeding stopped, the pressures didn't really rise too much above 24 once, maybe twice a day...opened the drain and they'd go right back down. he has been agitated though once we tried to start taking him off on his sedation and pain meds to see how he reacted to stimulation. They always had to end up giving him some of his sedation meds, because his agitation would make his pressures soar. but only just for a few minutes, if that. They have never had to do evasive measures to get the pressure to come back down.. They also said because he is naturally a deep sleeper, that it may take him longer to wake up. The Dr. said now two full days ago that there is nothing holding him back. He is breathing on his own and has a PEG (feeding tube) he also had a trach done because they couldn't allow the ventilator tube to be down his throat for longer than 2 weeks due to infection from the tube.. Is there anyone out there with a story to comfort me...Please keep me believing I still have a son named Dylan. I just want him to wake up!