Sunday, May 13, 2007

Steve Gilliard & The News Blog

For those that are not aware, Steve Gilliard of The News Blog, (linked on our blogroll) has been in hospital for some time. He's not in good shape. (h/t to Pretty Shaved Ape)

Jen, also of TNB writes:

Gilly is NOT doing well. He backslid last week, just as an overzealous (and cost-conscious) hospital was trying to push him out of the ICU and in to rehab well before he was ready.
He could barely move his "good" arm and coudln't close his left hand, which would both be mandatory for him to feed himself. In addition, he just wasn't ready to sit upright for hours at a time yet.
On top of that, his hospital was trying to farm him out to other centersif he wasn't going to go into rehab immediatley. Again, I offered all assistance to his Mom, but I can't force anything on her. night about 4 nights ago, he had complications with an infection--very serious stuff; that's all I'll say for now. When I got to finally see him-now back in the full bunnysuit ICU, he looked and WAS worse than ever before. He's not going anywhere for a while. He's suffering from a system-wide infection, heavily sedated, and hooked up to more tubes than a plumbing supply store carries.
In short, a full recovery is pretty much out of the question. Getting out of the hospital PERIOD is an unknown percentage also, one that can't be ignored.
I don't know any other way to say this.:
He may not make it.
I hope that one day he laughs at me for even positing this. But the day when he'll be anywhere near communicative, nevermind near a computer, is very far off.
His and Jen's blog was one of the first I read back when I was just discovering what all this talk of these 'blog' things was about. Theirs is gripping and insightful blogging at its finest and indeed led me to discover TGB. So, please, if you have a minute, I'll echo Pretty Shaved Ape and "ask you all to send some good thoughts Steve's way".

ADDED: As Dave suggests in comments, the best way to voice support is to pop over to The News Blog and leave a message.

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