Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Warren Strain Improves

Warren Strain came out of his coma.  He suffered a massive cerebral brain hemorrhage three weeks ago.  His wife posted on Facebook yesterday:


Your prayers are being heard...it's been a gruelingly horrific 3 weeks. Much to our amazement, he is out of a coma. (Praise God) He is still minimally responsive, however his eyes are open and he focuses to some extent on sound. This is only indicative of the fight we all have ahead of us as it will take upwards of two years to see any even small amount of improvement. We are still not out of the woods by any means he has multiple health issues now including the placement of a tracheostomy and a feeding tube. These at anytime can produce the risk for infection. Not to mention the drain that is still present in his head. They are going to try to remove it tomorrow which in itself is very risky. However, seeing his eyes open reminds us of God's mercy and that everyone's prayers ARE being heard. Now is the time to pray more as we may continue to document what progress is being made. I can not thank you enough for your love, support and prayers. For the rest of my life I can not thank you enough for walking this walk with my entire family. The messages, gifts, flowers, phone calls and prayers will never be forgotten. I thank you God for every single blessing. I love you all. And last but not least I beg you to not forget us... We need you and your prayers more than ever. Praying to God he continue to have mercy on us. 

Here are the specifics to pray for: removal of drain from the brain and no reaction or swelling or problems from that. (This will be a future issue to watch over) He is paralyzed on the right side. He still has a few significant brain issues that concern us. And of course the two infections he's fighting.
Praise the Lord.  The boy just won't quit.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This unfortunate man is facing a life sentence of dependence on machines, without the use of half his body, and very likely minimal brain function. Cases like this always make me wonder whether we, as a society, have meddled with “God’s will,” if you want to call it that, by going to bizarre and extreme measures to keep a patient “alive,” (again, if you want to call it that) when clearly, a merciful and peaceful death would be preferable. This should be a cautionary tale for all of us: get a very specific living will, an advance directive, in place NOW. The very threat of existing for years with little brain activity and diapers? At this moment, it is his family I most pity.

Anonymous said...

Have you considered that maybe it was "God's will" for him to survive through medicine and treatment and for him to make a real impact during the rest of his time on the earth?

Anonymous said...

7:41, what a hurtful thing to say.

By your logic, I guess nobody would ever do CPR, we could cancel all of those costly cancer research programs, and while we're at it shut down hospitals and rid the roads of those pesky ambulances. No need to go to the doctor, for...anything! Go ahead and discontinue your health coverage and let God's will take over - you first! Just imagine the money we'll save.

I bet if it was you, or your family member, your perspective would change.

Ophelia said...

I feel pretty certain that 7:41 meant no such thing, 10:35. Reasonable life-saving measures like CPR, surgery to remove a tumor, or chemotherapy, or even merely applying a tourniquet to a gushing wound are—-well, reasonable. Good chance of a good outcome. I think what the original commenter probably meant was, why artificially prolong a system that has no chance of healing? Very severely damaged brain tissue cannot regenerate, the way the liver and the skin can. Dead brain tissue remains dead, once the oxygen supply is cut off. Forever.

Now, if the man had no document specifying what he would prefer in this scenario—and most don’t— then I guess the medical team is doing what it is legally required to do. I’m not sure even the immediate family has a say, in a case like this. That’s why making one’s wishes and preferences known, in writing, ahead of time is so important.

Please explain how 7:41 was being “hurtful”? When I read his/her comment, all I thought was that it made sense.

Anonymous said...

With apologies to Abraham Lincoln:

Better to remain silent and be thought a jerk than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

Warren has come further than anyone thought he would come. Why open your fat mouth, offer zero insight, and pour out your gloom and doom to families and loved ones? Hopefully Warren will live and return to functionality, he may not. Just keep your mouth shut.

Anonymous said...

@7:41- I get what you mean. Most people are oblivious to the stress on the family, unless they’ve lived it. The amount of time and resources it takes to sustain is unfathomable. I’ve been a sole caretaker of a sick parent for over two years now. My parent does not have the means for private institutionalization or private care, but also not poor enough for government help. I get zero support or help, physically or monetarily, from my siblings. It’s cost me my career, savings, and is affecting my health. I love and want to help my parent, and obviously provide sufficient care, but to what end? We’ve leapt many life-ending hurdles with the assistance of modern medicine, but improvement of standard of living is not in the prognosis. Again, no one can comprehend completely unless they’ve lived it.

I pray Warren fully recovers. We should all pray for strength and availability of resources for his family. They will definitely need the prayers in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Anonymous said...

1 in 3 people will have an acquired brain injury at some point in their life. That’s more than 12 million in the US and a staggering 135 million worldwide.

This is almost double the amount of people that will develop Dementia.

Many folks survive aneurysms, even severe ones like his. He's improved.

Tough row to hoe, but idiotic non factual nihilism serves no one. And, you survived 8 years in diapers already, as a late bloomer, I'm betting. Your retirement home awaits you with Depends. If you're blessed.

Save the gloom and doom for other losers. He's alive, and his family is very grateful.

Daenerys survived two, and is about at 100%. Go somewhere else, troll.

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