So as you already know we started the morning off in the surgery waiting room. The way they have families monitor their loved ones in surgery is pretty neat. Lenny was assigned a number "9109" and they have a screen that shows their number and if they are in surgery, post op, discharged, etc. So as we watched the screen I watched him go from in surgery, post op, then discharged. I tried to be patient and give the doctors time to come down and tell me how it went, but after 30 minutes still nothing. I decided to call the SICU and see if Lenny was back in his bed, sure enough he was there. I told the nurse that we hadn't heard anything from the surgeons and she was shocked. She said to come up to the SICU waiting room and she would call plastic surgery. When we got up there the nurse came in and told us that Plastics would be up to talk to us and that they were sorry. After another 30 minutes they came up and told us that the surgery went fine and that the infection was not bad. They actually used a toothbrush to clean it out. Funny huh? So it was 11 by now and we decided to go have lunch as we aren't allowed to see Lenny until 2.
Got back at 2 and he was awake (and when I say awake that means that now when I come in and say "Hi Lenny" he wakes up a little and squeezes my hand) I talked to him a little bit and then he drifted back off to sleep. We went ahead and left and headed back to the hotel.
I received 4 more envelopes today from work friends and friends of Lenny. I cannot wait to get home and meet those that I have not met, see those I miss so much, and hug each and every one of you. I will never be able to thank any of you enough for all your support.
I called Lenny's Case Manager at County today to check the status of moving him tomorrow, as I need to know the plan and every step involved it in. As most of you know I am pretty controlling that way. I have this horrible controlling personality flaw. If I don't know what is going on I tend to freak out a little bit, so to avoid the freak out feelings, I decided to call. She told me that a case worker from the other 2 hospitals would be coming over to the hospital tomorrow to review Lenny's case and we would go from there. Wouldn't you know it but a couple of hours later the case worker from the other hospitals called me. She had a lot of questions about our medical insurance and she will be coming over tomorrow. That is a call I will be anxious about all day tomorrow.
At the evening visit Lenny again woke up for a little bit, but not long. It is a HUGE improvement from 2 days ago when he was just out completely every time we visited. We stayed with him for a little while then he was sleeping so we left.
At the night visit he was really awake. He stayed awake the whole visit and we started Lenny Charades again. He asked the typical questions, how long will I be in here? when are we going home? He wants me to stay with him, and tonight was one of those nights that he would not let go. I kept trying to slip my hand away when I thought he was asleep, but no go, he just grabbed on again. At one point he had pulled my hand and Yiyi's hand onto his stomach and interlaced his fingers over our hands so we couldn't get away, but he started to fall asleep and we tried, and nope, he grabbed on again. Here is a good one for you, he kept pulling on my shirt and we were trying to figure out why, I figured he wanted some clothes on. You see, crazy me, when I left to come out here I packed Lenny some clothes, like I was just going to fly out here and pick him up and bring him home, so I do have clothes here for him. I asked him if he wanted boxers, and he just kept pulling on my shirt. (By the way, he can't have ANY clothes in the SICU only that stupid gown that he just keeps pulling off.) So anyways, back to my point, all of you that know Lenny know that he is ALWAYS HOT, he keeps our AC so low it is crazy, well tonight we finally figured out HE WAS COLD! He keeps pulling off the gown so they have just been keeping a towel over his manly parts, well he wanted a blanket. I almost fell over. The nurse brought him a blanket and he pulled it up over his stomach, and finally relaxed a little. I asked him if he wanted me to turn off his little fan and he said no, he just wanted to cover up a little.
It is so heartbreaking to have to pull away and say goodnight, I think I told him goodnight 10 times tonight trying to get him to go to sleep, but it wasn't working. Finally we were over our visiting time and had to go, so I said one final goodnight and kissed him goodbye and pulled my hand away. Now for the heartbreaking, as you walk away from him his is putting his hand out reaching for me, I just have to turn around and go, and remind myself this will all be over soon. We asked the nurse to give him something to relax, because most visits that end like this have resulted in bad nights. I helped him move around a lot today and now I can smell him on my wrists and arm, it gives me such a warm feeling inside. I miss him so much, and I want to be with him more then 30 minutes, 4 times a day. Soon enough, soon enough. I just have to keep telling myself that.
Things are progressing, and he is back to his calm self and is just focused on healing. He wasn't tied up today which is always good, and overall it was a good day. Another day down, woo hoo, and another day closer to us coming home. Thank you again for all your kind words, encouragement, and love. I couldn't do this without all of you to keep me going. I stare at the blog and call the front desk for the mail a million times a day. I just love reading what you send in the mail and what you post on the blog.
I talked to Jakie again today and he is progressing slowly as well. He is taking a couple walks a day with the nurses, but as you can imagine he is in a lot of pain with the broken ribs, clavicle, and his right hand. Every breathe is difficult. Please keep Jakie and Lenny in your prayers for fast healing.
Goodnight and love to you all!
Remember to tell someone you love them!