Glen's daughter, Laci Boettcher, shared information about Glen's accident and his current medical condition.
On the evening of Saturday, November 9th, Glen Schilling and Bob "Frog" Foster worked in Glen Flora for the day. They were driving down West Lane Road, heading to Big Bear Lodge. It was snowing and Glen's truck hit black ice, rolled, and hit a culvert. Glen was ejected from his truck. Bob, though injured, got out of the truck and went looking for Glen and his phone in the dark. With no success, he went back to the truck and found a flashlight. He turned it on, and luckily a car happened to drive down the very rural road that had no cell service. The driver, who is a nurse, saw the beam of light. She stopped her car, and upon learning they were injured, drove to Big Bear Lodge to call 911. At about 8:10 p.m., a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper assisted the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department at the scene. Glen was located, and the two men were taken to the Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls via ambulance.
Bob was treated for his injuries and was released. The doctors wanted to airlift Glen to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, but the weather conditions were too poor, so he was taken via ambulance. The doctors at St. Joseph's determined he needed to be transferred to the UW hospital in Madison. Glen was put into a medically-induced coma so he would not flail around and hurt himself more as he was connected to many machines.
Once he arrived in Madison, he received surgery on his neck and spinal cord as he had lost all feeling from the chest down due to the accident. Since his eye had been severely punctured, he received surgery on that, as well. Glen's surgeries went as planned, and he started to wake up on Sunday evening around 10 p.m.
As for his eye, the doctors believe Glen's vision will be reduced but that he will be able to regain sight in that eye. He is receiving eye drops four times per day and currently has an eye patch, but he has let the doctors know he can see out of the eye.
Regarding his spinal cord surgery, it is too early to tell if he will regain any feeling. He has been receiving some physical therapy for his hands and arms.
Glen has a breathing tube in, so he has only been able to communicate with the doctors and his loved ones by shaking his head "yes" or "no." Once his neck surgery heals more, in a few days, they will put in a tracheostomy tube, which will eliminate the breathing tube and help him breathe and communicate better.
On November 12th, Glen received a feeding tube to assist in his recovery.
The medical staff did get him to sit up and he has been able to sit in a wheelchair. According to Glen's daughter, Laci (Schuh) Boettcher, "The doctors said it may take a long time for the feeling in his legs and feet to come back but he is moving in the right direction."
Glen, who is the son of Kathryn and the late Clink Schilling, brother to Paul and Amy Schilling, husband to Linda Schilling, and the father of Laci Boettcher, is an electrician in Phillips and surrounding areas. He often contributes to the community and has donated his time and money on fundraisers for the schools, parades, splash pad, scouts, and more.
If you would like to help Glen and his family in their time of need, you can do so in a few ways. To view his progress and leave well wishes, you can view his Caring Bridge webpage at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/glenschilling and monetary donations can be made at his GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/f/glen-schilling Laci stated the funds will be used for medical costs, lodging, travel, and lost wages. They also hope to build a ramp for his wheelchair and get him a vehicle to meet his needs if he is able to drive upon recovery.
"He is receiving care at the UW hospital in Madison, so if anyone wants to send cards or flowers, they can send them there," Laci suggested. "We continue to ask for prayers as he still has his breathing tube in and is unable to move his legs. We are all so very hopeful and will continue to pray. So many well wishes have been sent his way and we thank you all so much!"
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