The Accident

On 4/16/2010 at approximately 10 to 10:15pm, my Lenny was involved in a serious boating accident. There were 6 occupants of the boat, all were injured. Both Lenny and his best friend Jakie sustained life threatening injuries and were airlifted to trauma centers, Jakie to Las Vegas, Lenny to Phoenix.

I received a call at 1:45am informing me of the accident. I then spent the next 2 hours trying to find him and find out what happened. After calling two hospitals I found Jakie, and then called his mom and she took it from there. I still couldn't find Lenny, so I called the Lake Havasu Police and they got back to me in about a half an hour telling me he was in Phoenix and that the social worker would be calling me soon. Next came the longest 20 minutes of my life. Waiting to hear....

Lenny sustained the following injuries - Completely fractured face from the upper jaw to above the eyes, broken neck, broken ribs, collapsed lungs, and severely broken legs. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I spent the next several minutes rallying friends and getting to YiYi (that is what Lenny calls his sister). We all headed to Phoenix and below I will update you on his condition, how we are holding up, and have a way to communicate with you to keep you updated and be able to answer your questions and be able to get the support we so desperately need from all the wonderful people that love him.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Week Twelve

This week has unfortunately been a week of bad news. Lenny has been having trouble with his right eye, so I had to get him into the Ophthalmologist on an emergency visit. A white spot has been growing on the brown part of his eye and it has been getting increasingly red. The doctor took a look and the problem is that Lenny is not able to close that eyelid all the way, especially when he is sleeping, so that is causing the problem. They prescribed him two eye drops to be put in 4 times a day, and an ointment I have to put in at bedtime. He will need to see the doctor every week to see if the infection growing in his eye is subsiding, and he will be referred to UCLA eventually to repair that eyelid that is not closing.

He is also having problems with his teeth and jaw, so he has an appointment with an Oral Surgeon on August 3rd. His teeth are not lining up on one side at all and he is having a lot of pain.

So in the future we are possible looking at 2 more surgeries for his face, eyelid and jaw. We will see.

Tuesday Lenny sees the Orthopedic Surgeon to check the status of his legs healing. We are hoping for good news that will progress him towards walking again.

I went back to work this week and I am so glad to be back. Lenny has been doing great with the exception of Friday. I had to get to work early because I had a meeting and he was still sleeping when I left. When I got home he was feeling awful and sleeping most of the evening. When I went to get his night dose of pills I realized why he felt so awful, he forgot to take his morning medicine! The first day he was supposed to remember and he forgot, I bet he won't do that again!

Things are progressing slow and steady. Until next week,
Nancy and Lenny

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