Re David Wheeler: Update 11/1/2012 by Caye Wheeler:    
About 2 weeks ago David began to have severe pain and was told he needed to take pain meds.  Finally a Physical Therapist checked his back and we found out he has an infection.  So this past Sat the L3 surgical site was reopened, cleaned out and “washed” with antibiotic fluids.
This AM they did the second such surgery and his ortho trauma surgeon thinks this is the last such procedure.  The biggest problem remains pain control.
The only good news was from the Infectious Disease docs, who report that his staph infection is not a resistant strain of staph and should respond to standard  treatment. As a result of these two surgeries, he was moved after surgery from Inpatient Rehab back to the Ortho Trauma floor.

 

Update: October 23:

David continues to improve but has had some setbacks. He is in very intense rehab and will be for a long time. I will be home to get house set up for wheelchair, etc.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.–Caye

Update October:  The accident was while paragliding, not parasailing. —Donna Gilbert

Original: September 25
Caye Wheeler’s son, David, who lives in Wyoming, had a very bad parasailing accident several days ago. Caye and her husband flew out to Salt Lake City, where he was air lifted to a hospital there.–Donna Gilbert

David has many fractures, ribs, vertebrae, sacrum and punctured lung.
Fortunately, there is no head injury and before his surgery he was lucid and talking.
He has had 2 surgeries, one to stem some internal bleeding in the back wall of the stomach and one to repair the sacrum and lumbar vertebrae, and reduce pressure on the spinal cord.
He is in an induced coma and on assisted breathing.
Prior to surgery he was moving all limbs but had no feeling in his lower left leg.
Doctors say that because of his good physical shape before the accident he will make a full recovery. Barring any complications I hope he will come to FL for recuperation.–Caye

    
David has many fractures, ribs, vertebrae, sacrum and punctured lung.
Fortunately, there is no head injury and before his surgery he was lucid and talking.
He has had 2 surgeries, one to stem some internal bleeding in the back wall of the stomach and one to repair the sacrum and lumbar vertebrae, and reduce pressure on the spinal cord.
He is in an induced coma and on assisted breathing.
Prior to surgery he was moving all limbs but had no feeling in his lower left leg.
Doctors say that because of his good physical shape before the accident he will make a full recovery.  Barring any complications I hope he will come to FL for recuperation.–Caye
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