Today, Sarah Palin issued a statement on her husband, Todd’s condition and treatment. We knew that his injuries were serious but reading the details can make you have sympathy pains. He is still in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and has undergone various surgeries as they struggle to practically rebuild his upper body.
Palin’s original statement made 5 days ago:
Todd Palin is in intensive care at an Alaskan hospital with injuries including multiple broken and fractured ribs, broken shoulder blade, broken clavicle, knee/leg injuries; and a collapsed lung. He is presently back in surgery to repair multiple fractures. Thank you for your prayers for a speedy recovery. We, as his wife and children, appreciate your respect for our privacy during this time. Knowing Todd, once he’s cognizant, he’ll probably ask docs to duct tape him up and he’ll call it good. He’s tough.
Yesterday on Facebook, Sarah Palin gave this update:
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” – Irish Proverb ????????
Thank you for lifting Todd up in prayer. He’s still in ICU under care of a superbly skilled staff. A long surgery repaired numerous breaks in Todd’s upper body, docs essentially lifted and secured every rib with steel bands, anchored the broken clavicle with plates and rods, set aside repair of a broken shoulder for later (also later are more minor things like ACL/MCL knee injuries), still mechanically inflating one collapsed lung while other bruised lung, liver, etc., are watched; chest drain is working overtime to keep things clear.
Requiring a bit more than our usual fix-all up here – Duct tape – some gnarly incisions to enter his innards will be reminders of how life can change in the blink of an eye. (And skating through TSA detectors with bionic parts will now be anything but the blink of an eye!)
So thankful for today’s medical technology including 3-D X-rays, temporary pain blocks and epidurals. I’m voting for their continued use until a resting position is found that allows minimal wincing with each breath.
We say Mat-Su Regional Hospital (http://matsuregional.com) is the best place to start life – all our babies are Mat-Su born – and these ER and ICU days show our local medical experts are most outstanding at continuing life, too… by the grace of God.
It’s all good though, and I hope whatever challenges you face today – physical, emotional, financial – you’ll have confidence in the care around you, and you’ll apply Todd’s consistent advice: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Your care for Todd is more appreciated than I can express. Thank you. And thank you to the still-mysterious snowmachiner(s) who came upon the wreck and provided critical help that night. I hope to meet you soon!
Keep Todd Palin in your prayers.