So as I write to you tonight, I am sitting here with Lenny. Today Lenny was transferred to a sub acute rehabilitation hospital here in Phoenix, well Scottsdale actually. I bet you are asking yourself how we got here, so let me tell you about our day.
I arrived this morning to find Lenny sitting in the chair he hates eating some soup. I nearly melted. I had just missed the doctors as I guess they did rounds really early this morning and he wanted me to talk to them as a lot had happened this morning. One of the doctors came over and told me that they stood Lenny up this morning. There were 3 men and Lenny was still to weak. Lenny told me it was one of the hardest things he had ever done, he had never felt so much weakness in his body. Because of this they were ready to send Lenny to a rehabilitation center. Lenny and I talked with the case worker to decide what the next course of action would be that would be best for Lenny. If we stay here in Phoenix Lenny will be able to stay with his specialists. It is estimated that he will only need 2-4 weeks of rehab, so Lenny and I decided the best thing is to stay here. The money we would spend to transport him home is substantial as I mentioned before, and we would have to find him new specialists, and have to deal with the insurance. If we just transferred him here, life would be much easier, and frankly, I want him to stay with the doctors that fixed him. Dr. Lattieri, Lenny's facial reconstruction surgeon is a rare find now a days, as it is a dying specialty since airbags were installed in cars. It seems since the airbags not nearly as many facial fractures are seen, so you can see why we want to stay with him.
Our case worker went to work on placing him, and by the afternoon they were there interviewing us. They wanted to know Lenny's history and things like that, they also had to make sure they got insurance authorization and all that good stuff. The rehab hospital required that Lenny have a different type of trach tube, so they had to change it out and taught me how to clean it. I had to learn a lot of things because at the rehab hospital he wasn't going to have a nurse at the end of his bed at his back and call anymore. The rehab hospital accepted him and now we sat in the hospital and waited for transport. While we waited the plastic surgery team came and unwired his jaw. He was so happy. They numbed him up similar to when you go to the dentist, so after they did it he couldn't feel a thing. They wanted him to try eating, but of course he couldn't because he was so numb, so we had to wait a little over an hour for him to try. A while later they asked him again and he was ready to try to eat. They brought him chocolate ice cream. He mowed it down! Now that they saw he was eating correctly, out came the feeding tube from his nose. I am proud to say my Lenny is now tube free.
Around 5:30 the ambulance showed up to transport him. I ran back to the hotel because I had forgot my computer charger. The new hospital is about 30 minutes from the old one so it is quite a trek. We are working on getting my hotel room transferred closer as a month was already paid for, so hopefully that will happen tomorrow.
I got to the hospital about 6:30 and he was already in his room and watching the Spurs/Suns game. Typical Lenny. The nurses were doing a shift change so there was no one yet to help us, and he was hungry, thirsty, and had to pee. It took them till about 7:30 to finally help him out, but they brought him some water, mashed potatoes, pudding, and yogurt. After not eating for almost 3 weeks he was pretty happy.
So here we are pretty up to date. This hospital is very lenient on the visiting hours (which are 8-8 by the way woo hoo) and they are so nice that I am able to SLEEP OVER! I asked Lenny what he thought and if he wanted me to stay. He said it would be great if I could stay tonight with him. This is all so new being in a new place and I think he feels better having me here in case he needs something. They showed me around and where I can get him ice and drinks and such. The hospital is so clean and new and really seems like a wonderful place. In the next 24 hours we will get a schedule of his therapies that I will take part in since he will come straight home from here. Great news huh! He can't wait to go home. He missed the cats and the comfort of his own bed, but we will be home in a few weeks!
So as we speak I am sitting on a little bed right next to Lenny's bed. He is sleeping peacefully and for the first time in a long time I feel a little peace in my heart. The knot in my stomach is less, and I can see the path towards the future and know that we are going to be ok. I don't think there are many people in life that find the happiness that Lenny and I have. We have hurdled so many obstacles in our 12 years living together, this one being the biggest, but this one has taught us both what we mean to each other and everything we have ever taken for granted in each other comes rising to the surface. Never again.
Good night all....or good morning depending on when you read this. Tomorrow we embark a new journey towards coming home.