My son’s father is in critical but stable condition in the hospital right now. After a night out with his friends and a few too many drinks, he decided that it was time to go home and sleep it off. The sofa seemed like a good place so that’s where he slept with his legs hanging over the arm of the couch. When he awoke the next morning, he couldn’t stand, had no balance and was extremely sick. His friends rushed him to the emergency room.
Due to the pressure placed upon his calves, the blood supply had been cut off for the entire night. There was no circulation there and it caused a toxic state which shut both of his kidney’s down. The doctors were ready to start him on dialysis when his kidneys improved slightly so that has been postponed for the time being. As his mother relayed to me, his entire face and body were swollen, feet and legs 2-3x’s their normal size. The prognosis: his left leg (with months of therapy) may possibly partially recover, The right leg, he will most likely never be able to use again as the muscle has died. He will spend the rest of his life in a wheel chair. This is provided his kidneys don’t shut down again.
My son’s dad is 33, turned all of the ladies heads and had a decent job as an electrician. He played sports his whole life, almost being recruited for a pro hockey team. Now because of one night out with his friends, his life will never be the same again. He will never play hockey or tennis or football with his son again.
Just a reminder to those with families (all of us) how quickly and innocently something tragic like this can happen and how nobody’s life around you will ever be the same again.