[Apocalypse] LATEST UPDATE REGARDING BIKER: A very difficult decision has been made to discontinue all rehabilitation and life sustaining treatments thus putting Randy on Hospice care. He will be transfered Monday to a nursing home facility near our home. You may be surprised at this seeming turn of evevts but in reality his condition has actually been worsening over time. The tone of the preceding posts were upbeat and hopeful indicating that his condition was improving , but he has always remained in a deep coma. What confirmed my gut fear was his CT scans were reviewed by 2 independent neurosurgeons. Their professional assessment was that IF he would wake up from the coma, he would have no quality of life. He would be in a persistent vegetative state needing skilled 24 hour care. Ironically a month or so before the accident Randy and I had a conversation about these kind of life altering events and what we would do. Randy was adamant about not wanting to live in that way.
[Apocalypse] This decision has caused understandably significant amount of heartache and tension among the family. However heartbreaking it is for me I can't ignore his wishes to appease opinions that I know in my heart are not what he wants. Today, Friday, he had another CT scan at Barnes and was seen by his neurologist. The CT scan indicated further brain deteriation. His neurological exam demonstrates that he has lower brain stem function only (breathing, heartbeat, normal body temperature, kidney and instestinal function) -that is all he has. It is apparent from his eye position that even his midbrain is damaged. Dr. Zipfel was very supportive of and in agreement with my decision which is ultimately Randy's decision.
[Apocalypse] Initially after the injury and subsequent surgery, he was moving his arms and legs and withdrawing from painful stimuli; but he is not doing that anymore. Randy always did things "balls to the walls"-that's how he lived life. He had overcome so much adversity already and discovering he could ride a bike brought much joy. This race was a perfect example of his going for "the win". I want to express my appreciation for all your support, encouragement and prayers. The outpouring of your love is another testimony to what a great guy he is and the wonderful friendships he has made with you. I will be posting occasional updates. Thank you for understanding. Lisa