So here I sit, three weeks since the accident. Things have changed so much this past week it is just amazing.
Last night was really rough. As I wrote yesterday he was complaining of pain in his right knee. It continued throughout the night so he barely slept. He cannot get comfortable no matter what. Between the pain and coughing from the trach he is not getting any decent continuous sleep. I am so glad that the hospital is letting me stay here with him all day and all night, as it helps him when he needs the little things. He's hot blankets off, he's cold, blankets on (yes I said he's cold which I never thought was possible), he's thirsty, he has to pee, on and on. Overnight the nursing staff is limited so if you push the button you better push it an hour before you need anything cause that is how long it takes to get someone.
All the "therapies" were good. Physical Therapy resulted in him using this really cool machine that lifted him up by his hands and arms to a standing position without any weight on his legs. Technology amazing. The gym for the physical therapy is really nice with lots of high tech equipment. They were not really aggressive with him which was nice for him. By the 2nd hour he had to go that knee was really killing him.
They had a psychologist come in today and talk with him about the accident to see how he was dealing with everything. She asked him a lot of questions and it was great to see he was not showing any signs of depression. He just kept saying he was going to be alright. She was worried about his lack of sleep and they are going to talk with the doctor about giving him something to help him sleep.
Speech Therapy did a lot of checking today to make sure his brain was ticking correctly. He hated all the questions as they were something out of kindergarten, but he was a trooper and answered them all, but he kept looking at me like "is she serious". I just nodded so he would keep going. He of course passed with flying colors thank goodness.
Occupational Therapy was just some lights on his knees and ankles for the pain. I didn't know how that was occupational therapy, but he seemed to enjoy it.
The respiratory therapist was looking at his trach today. At the hospital he had a size 8 trach, and before he left they changed it to size 6. Tomorrow he is going to size 4 and then Monday or Tuesday they will take it out completely and let it close up. It will take anywhere from a week to a couple months to close up, it just depends on what his body wants. The funny thing is that he will just keep a band-aid over the hole until it is closed up. You would think a hole in your throat would require something more serious then a band-aid.
Today he talked to Jakie again and was so happy that "Fatboy" was going home today. It was nice to see him so happy.
So all in all today was progress made, as everyday will be. The doctor has upped his pain medicine, added a muscle relaxer cause his back is hurting from being in the bed, and added something to help him sleep. So he just took a cupful of pills and hopefully is off to la la land so we can get some sleep tonight.
Today I showed him all the Get Well Cards he has received and told him of everyone's generosity. Again we can't thank you enough. I have moved hotels to be closer to the hospital to shower and such, so if you want to mail something let me know your email address and I will tell you where to mail it to him. If you have mailed something to the other hotel, don't worry, they will call me to pick it up.
We love you all, Nancy and Lenny!