My sister Leslie Green in hospital

Rebecca had posted requests for prayers for her mother on Instagram and Facebook.

Rebecca Jade, Leslie Green – May 2018
Coming home from work Monday night, I received a call from my sister Marcia asking if our niece Rebecca Jade had called me. Turns out she had left a message on the answering machine.

As best as we can figure out, Rebecca’s mother, my other sister, Leslie Green, was going to work, riding her bicycle to a light-rail station in the San Diego, California. Whether she hit a pothole or another impediment, we don’t know.

What we do know is that Leslie arrived at a hospital by an emergency vehicle. I get the sense she didn’t realize how injured she was; adrenaline will do that. Fortunately, she had her helmet on, because she might have suffered brain damage, or worse. But her sunglasses probably helped to break some bones in her face.

She was in the trauma section, but she didn’t have surgery until that night because she wasn’t as bad off as other patients, which I suppose is positive news. She had a “temporary” tracheotomy; I do not know what that is. She’s breathing well.

I called a nurse early Tuesday morning, who said Leslie looked remarkably well. The swelling has largely subsided.

She had some plastic surgery on her face Wednesday night, which went well. I’m mentioning all this, despite hating to write extemporaneously about fluid situations, because Rebecca had posted requests for prayers for her mother on Instagram and Facebook, and one of Leslie’s friends IMed me on FB:

“Is [Leslie] going to be OK? We had no idea last I heard she was on a cruise with her daughter.” And that is true. From Rebecca’s newsletter from a little over a week ago re: touring on two weeks of cruises with Dave Koz and his band:

“It was an incredible experience! From Copenhagen, we cruised to Stockholm, Sweden; then to Tallin, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; and finally to Helsinki, Finland before heading back to Copenhagen. And this year, my mom was able to join me!

“We had a great time, shared some amazing moments together, and she became a bit of a celebrity on the boat, both for singing in the ‘So You Think You Can Jam’ talent contest and for an impromptu jam with the legend himself, Larry Graham, where she and I got to sing together while Larry Graham thumped his bass! It made Larry emotional, as it reminded him of performing with his mom when he was growing up.”

If memory serves, Monday was supposed to have been Leslie’s first day back to work and they were concerned when she didn’t show up. As it stands now, she still has a broken left hand and left wrist – her dominant side -as well as four broken ribs (3 through 6).

She’ll be having more procedures, I imagine, but the Wednesday surgery was two days earlier than I was originally told, so I take that as a good sign.

But it kind of sucks being roughly 2,879 miles away. One of my oldest friends will be in San Diego this weekend, as it turns out, and she will visit Leslie Green and Rebecca Jade. This is some small comfort.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. i hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

13 thoughts on “My sister Leslie Green in hospital”

  1. Dear Roger, I am so sorry to learn of your dear sister Leslie’s
    horrid accident and hope and pray she will make a speedy recvery,
    She sounds very much a doughty person, so God willing she will soon be back to her usual fun loving self !
    Thoughts and prayers for you and all of your family,
    Love Di xxx.

  2. Roger convey to Rebecca Jade and Leslie that I am praying for her and I’m sure she will have a full recovery.

  3. Wow, from a cruise to a hospital, am so sorry, guess I’m not jealous anymore. I’m praying that she’ll be better. Know how hard it is to recuperate from bike accidents, been there and done that, thankfully however, not as severe. Love you guys, my best wishes to your family. It definitely is hell being so far away and not being there, but gathering together the prayer warriors and keeping people informed, you’re doing your part, and for that I not only thank you for the info, but I’m sure Leslie is glad for that too. Take care. Hugs!

  4. All the best for a speedy recovery. Knowing Leslie she will be up and around to bring us all joy!

  5. Roger, I’ll be praying not only for her speedy recovery, but for the peace of mind for all of her friends and family.

  6. I am so sorry this happened. I cannot imagine the force it took to cause this kind of injury. Praying she heals completely and resumes her full life.
    donna

  7. Thank you so much for posting. Hard to believe it’s been a year already! Thanks to everyone for the prayers and good thoughts. Thanks to Rebecca Jade and Leilani for making sure someone was with me during my hospital stay. Thanks to you Roger for staying with me when I got home from the hospital. Feel very blessed and loved by all. Thank you! πŸ₯°πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™πŸ½

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