It took me awhile to realize how ineffective my 'Hospital News' is in my gmail account. I think this will probably be a better way to keep people up to date with Chico's status.
For people coming upon this five days later: Chico was in a car accident last Friday night. He had - well there is speculation about what happened: Did he fall asleep? Was there a 'medical episode?' - at any rate he hit a tree head on and got pretty banged up. He is doing really well now-survival being assured, no head trauma, no spinal problems so far. He has many broken bones and will need further surgery as soon as the soft tissue on the leg heals. A full recovery is expected.
Last night,one of the rescue workers from the med evac team visited Chico in ICU. That was incredibly heartening and terrifying-both-to hear them talk about such a life changing, shared event from their very different perspectives. Luke was very pleased with Chico's progress. Encouraging. We three were full of wonder.
He was moved out of the the Surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center (43 New Scotland St, Albany, NY) and into a very small, private room- C511. Once settled, he slept well during the night.
Our son, Chester, is here. He is a compassionate and analytical thinker. Nice combo, and very useful in this situation. He is a great comfort to us.
Thanks for all the love and support from family and friends near and far.