Note: Laura called me last night to tell me about longtime contributor and active commenter David Burd's accident. Please take up her suggestion to leave a comment that his sister can read to him. We've been conditioned to think COVID is the only health issue on the planet. Not so. Thank you.
Dear AoA readers,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to share some sad news about one of our regular, intelligent, respected, and deeply appreciated contributors and commenters, David Burd. Three weeks ago, on April 13th, David fell from his roof and sustained severe injuries that have led him to be on a ventilator with a tracheostomy and a feeding tube. He is not paralyzed and still has cognitive abilities, per his sister Sally, with whom I have been in contact. She told me that according to many of the physicians caring for him, he is "broken, but fixable".
As of yesterday morning (Monday), however, his neurological status has deteriorated. A new CT scan revealed a "subdural hygroma" for which he is scheduled to have a Burr Hole procedure done this morning (Tuesday). This means that he will continue to remain in the ICU in Martinsburg, WV for now, with the continued hope that he will be transferred to a longterm acute care facility near his home in WV when able.
It is my sincere hope that AoA readers will join in prayer for David Burd, described as "passionate and vibrant" by his sister Sally, and to her description I would add that he is a man of great decency, kindness, courage, and integrity. He and I were to meet in person this summer, and I hope we still will.
In addition to praying for David and sending healing thoughts his way, I hope you might consider writing something below in the comments section that his brother Steve and sister Sally can read aloud to him, and so that they and David's relatives can know how special and valued David is to our community here at AoA.
In solidarity with our AoA community,