The days all seem to blend together. I get a daily horoscope on my phone. Yesterday I looked at it 3 times and got mad. I thought it was repeating itself! Then I looked at the date…same day. At least today was a beautiful, sunny day.
Katy was awake, talking, and stable during all of my visits. She would get tired, but was awake and interactive with the nurse and I most of the day. Usually by the end of a visit she would tell me she was tired, and I would set her up to rest. They have stopped all IV pain/sedative drips, and are only going to give her doses as she feels pain. She says that she isn;t hurting, and actually tried to get up and leave a few times. I explained to her that she had a bit more healing to do, but that our goal was for her to go home as soon as she could.
Part of the side effect of the drugs, lack of sleep, hunger, fever, intubation, and brain dealing with trauma are some altered reality sequences. For example, she will sporadically remember that she is in Dallas, and then (5 miutes later) think she is at home. On one visit, Katy told me that the speech therapist had come and fed her. I was excited because I knew they were planning on doing this, and I asked her what she ate. “It was great,” she said “I had rib meat, potatoes, green beans….really yummy.” I asked the nurse about it (away from the room), she said the speech therapist had come. I asked her what they fed her, and she told me “2 tablesppons of applesauce.” I smiled. Some of Katy’s “visions” are not very nice, and I am sure these are her brain’s way of explaining the trauma, but I didn’t mind her imagining a nice experience. She also told me to get her purse (a nearby pillow), because she wanted to give me money so that I could go get a drink (alcaholic). She said I looked like I needed one. Just like Katy, always thinking of others.
To clarify an earlier statement, I do require that the psych team meets with me first, but, once I have met them, I am OK with them treating her when I am not there. I thin that they will be key in her emotional recovery, but since they don’t KNOW her, I want to clue them in. I hope that they will be available tomorrow for me to meet with them. Also, occupational therapy did an analysis of Katy, today. I hope to find out their results tomorrow.
I want to say a special thanks to one of the coolest people I have ever know, my brother-in-law, Thom. Aside from being a really great husband to my sister, being really funny, and always being up for playing games at our family get togethers, he set up the blog, and helped me to learn how to e-mail some music files to my business partners. Thom has always made himself available to me (even before this event), and the blog was a great idea on his part. Thanks, Thom!
I will write more tomorrow.
Love to all,
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.” Albert Einstein