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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Personal Post: Warren's Wife (With Updates)

(Two posts today.  Please scroll down)

Yesterday, Warren's wife fell and broke her ankle.

Considering her physical problems, this is serious. I don't know more yet and am awaiting further word from Warren. Updates are appearing below the fold.

UPDATE @ 9:05 A.M., EDT: I just got off the phone with Warren, who is back at the hospital now after spending the night at home, where the hot water heater suddenly stopped working.

1. Jackie will be having surgery today, June 13, at 11:00 A.M, CDT. The surgery involves putting in a pin and/or a plate in the region of her ankle. Without the surgery, which is highly risky for her, she would never walk again at all.

2. Oxygen levels are a problem because of Jackie's compromised respiratory system. She is at high risk for pneumonia now and would be certain to get pneumonia if she could never walk again.

3. Warren wouldn't be able to keep her at home if she couldn't walk again.

4. Jackie is in great pain even with all the painkillers being pumped into her IV. Of course, the doctors have to be extremely cautious about using painkillers because of Jackie's compromised respiratory system.

5. Jackie fell because she was dizzy, likely due to low oxygen levels.  Diabetes is an additional concern.

UPDATE on June 14 @ 5:45 A.M., EDT: The doctors were able to put in a pin and a plate without putting Jackie under general anesthesia, thus greatly reducing, and have pronounced the operation successful in that she will be able to walk again (meaning that she will be able to transfer from the recliner to the electric wheelchair). She is presently in intensive care and conscious, but in considerable pain. Warren spent last night with her at the hospital. The doctors haven't gotten as far as telling Warren and Jackie what comes next to facilitate her recovery.

UPDATE on June 15 @ 4:57 P.M., EDT: I spoke with Warren today. Jackie is still in intensive care and will likely remain in intensive care through the weekend. She is still in a lot of pain, but the doctors cannot give her additional pain medications without compromising her respiration. When Jackie is discharged from the hospital, she will have to go to a nursing home for recovery and therapy. It is unknown at the time how long she will remain in the nursing home. Warren is exhausted, of course; however, he is at work today so as not to use up his few remaining days of leave and to earn enough pay to continue paying the health-insurance premiums.

UPDATE on June 17 @ 5:45 A.M., EDT:Jackie is out of intensive care, and I spoke with her yesterday for the first time since she fell. She's doing well. A release date has not been set, but Warren and their son are in the process of finding a skilled care facility with rehab. Jackie will be in rehab for quite a period of time.


  1. I'm awfully sorry to hear this bad news, AOW.

    I know these people have meant a great deal to you, and that you respect them very much.

    If ever there is a time when someone should be helped by "the community," it's in a case like this where a person is rendered truly helpless and in need of much assistance with the ordinary processes of daily living.

    In all my 71 years I can't remember one in which I've heard so many hard luck stories as I have these past few months. The weight of woe threatens to become overwhelming.

    Prayer really does help. I don't pretend to know how it works, but there's no question it opens up channels for positive, healing energy in some mysterious way.

    Fretting does no good whatsoever, and too much sympathy can actually enervate the afflicted.

    I will pray for Warren and his wife, as I do for all of us. It's all I have to offer at the moment.

    Meanwhile, let us hold onto this thought:

    "Divine Love always has met, and always will meet every human need."

    God bless!

    ~ FreeThinke

  2. FT,
    I am posting updates in the body of the post.

    This is a hideous situation.

    Of course, Warren is off from work right now -- no pay for that time off as far as I know.

    I will try to get Warren to let the AOW household buy him a new water heater, but I bet that he won't accept the help. Right now isn't the time to discuss that matter with him, I know.

  3. They have been through so much...this is terrible news, AOW.
    Let's email re helping.
    Warren's one of the finest men I know. I'll be praying.

  4. Ill be praying and will try to call Warren later.

  5. EB,
    You may not be able to reach Warren at home. Try his cell phone.

  6. Praying for your friends, I am so sorry about this.

  7. I hope things get better for Jackie.
    Actually, if he reads this I will have to see about the feasability of flying in for a day. Usually, just treating everyone to a day on the town helps out. I am also curious about this Lees Chicken that everyone swears by.

    If a flight out of JFK is possible I can bring mutant produce from the West Indies. It is a conversation piece.

  8. I'm very sorry about this, our best to her. Let's hope there are no complications.

    Right Truth

  9. Beak,
    I'm not sure that Warren is on the web at all right now. He is staying by Jackie's side every minute! She is frightened, and I don't blame her for feeling that way. Anyone would!

  10. I've added an update to the body of the post.

  11. How terrible! When it rains, it pours...

    All the best and prayers for Jackie, and for Warren!

  12. AOW, hope your friend is okay. She has you as a friend, and that is truly an asset.

  13. Stogie,
    I haven't spoken with Warren today. I'm hoping that no news is good news.

    BTW, Warren is my other graphics guy -- and my web site designer. Of course, as his wife's physical condition has deteriorated over the past year especially, I hesitate to ask him for graphics work.

    PS: Thank you for the compliment.

  14. aow

    Believe it or not it is more expensive to fly to visit Warren than for me to go back to the Jungle. Actually, I think I will be in Cincinnati in August so it may be feasible.

  15. Beak,
    It is inordinately expensive to fly into the town where Warren lives.

    I think that an August visit from you is a great idea!

    Please check your email in a few minutes. Confidential!



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