Yesterday a little before 9 am John was fixing a roof vent when the ladder he was standing on fell. He went down with the ladder and landed on his feet. He was taken to the ER at Stonecrest Medical Center by ambulance. After 2 CT scans we learned he has a compression fracture on his L1 vertebrae of about 20 - 25%. Thankfully he has no other serious injuries. The CT scan showed no internal organ damage and no herniated disk. He is in a lot of pain and will most likely be out of work for a month. He is not allowed to twist or bend or lift anything heavier than a coffee cup. He spent the night in the hospital to help manage his pain. The pain medicine is helping to make him as comfortable as possible. He's been able to get up and walk around a few times. He's eating and drinking well. The Physical Therapist came in and fitted John for a back brace. He said that helped the pain more when he was sitting and standing.
John received a blessing from my Dad yesterday saying he would have a full recovery. We have faith that all will work out for the best. The next month will be hard for all of us but it will also be nice to have John around. Thank you to all who have offered help and prayers. We are deeply grateful.
I will keep you posted as the days go on and let you know of John's progress. We meet with the Orthopedic Specialist Monday Dec. 29.