Sunday, March 4, 2012

By The Numbers - An Update

 The following is Derek's hospital stay by the numbers, as of the day he became an outpatient (I previously did a similar entry, but now that he is an outpatient we have a copy of his discharge paperwork, so I was able to get this to a more accurate count).....

Days in the hospital - 228 days

Days at NNMC/WRNMMC - 222 days (one day more than seven months to the date of his arrival)

Surgeries - 36

Procedures - 19

CT Scans, X-rays - too many, I lost count! Basically, he glows and his kids will be born with three arms.

Blood products - 129

Days in SICU - 53

Days on ventilator - 54

Days on oxygen - 98

Days on contact precautions - 114

Number of Medications (inluding vitamins and supplements) at discharge - 16

Medical teams involved over course of stay - 34
Trauma, PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), Orthopedics, Orthopedics Hand, Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, Urology, Plastics, Nueropsyche, Infectious Disease, Gastrointerology, Hepatology, Nephrology, Oral Maxillofacial, Dental, Anesthesia, Radiology, Acupuncture, Social Work, Behavioral Health, TBI, Audiology, Assistive Techology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory, Complex Wound Team, General Surgery Wound Care, General Surgery Colostomy Care, Dietary, Amputee Clinic, Seating Clinic, Speech Pathology and Nursing.  Now that he is an outpatient, add Warrior Clinic.

I cannot even begin to count the number of doctors! We went through three primary residents on the trauma team, Obi, Ben and Diego, and two on the PM&R team. There have been numerous interns and residents that have cycled through. Residents change about every two months and interns every four weeks, but that might depend on the service. Attendings are supposed to stay the same. 
As for special visitors, I could try to count, but I would probably lose count halfway through. We've had Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Rodney Freylinghuysen Congressman from NJ, Jack Reed Senator from RI, Kansas, Montel Williams, Kid Rock, Sgt Slaughter, Joe Westphal (Undersectary of the Army), Gen Dempsey, Gen Chiarelli (former Vice Chief of Staff, Army), Gen Lloyd Austin (new Vice Chief of Staff of the Army) Gen Franks, CSM Grippe, Gen Odierno (Chief of Staff, Army), Director of NCIS, Wee Man, John Voight, etc.

Care packages? Cards? Letters? No way to count. We really appreciate all of the love and support from the community. Without that support, this journey would be so much more difficult.

Jobs lost since injury - 2

That's the entire hospital stay by the numbers!  Now on to outpatient and bigger and better things!

Climb to glory!


  1. Mind boggling! But the Lord's been with your family every second of this journey and will always be with you!
    Praying in Seattle!
    Psalms 28:6-7 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

  2. It is wonderful the progress Derek has made. Now he is on his way to knowing that he can lead a life full of love and potential it is time for you to take care of you. It will be hard for you to go from the pressure and concentration on your son. May the lord be with you on the next leg of your journey.

  3. Lifting up prayers right now!
    Psalms 28:8-9 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

  4. I just found your blog today and have spent most of my morning reading through your account of Derek's experience. God Bless you, Derek and your entire family. My 22 year old son is at Ft. Benning, his 2nd day in the Army. I will be following your blog and Derek's progress. You will all be in my prayers.