I am sitting here in Mike’s latest room with the sun streaming in the windows. He was awake when I arrived at 6 a.m. and wanted the curtains opened by 7. I just figured out that this is the tenth room he has been in at St. Mary’s Hospital. Of course, that includes just a few hours in the first rehab room and a couple hours in the neuro room before the surgery to remove blood clots. Mike loves the sunlight, and the charge nurse here was kind enough to offer us the choice of rooms. I, on the other hand, get migraines from sunlight, so I may have to get out my sunglasses today!
From a cardiac point of view, yesterday had tremendous progress. All the tubes were removed, as well as most of the iv lines. I think he’s down to one in each arm. He told me that the removal of the tubes that were draining in his chest was the most painful thing he has ever experienced. I, of course, leave the room during any procedure that is remotely painful. Cardiac is still saying that he can go to rehab soon, but neuro will take him back if rehab is not ready for him quite yet.
He is talking quite a bit more this morning, which is surprising given the inadequate amount of sleep he got last night! Dr. Fogleson informed us this morning that Dr. Keegan, the anesthesioligist/critical care doctor, did an amazing job keeping Mike alive while they figured out what was going on. Apparently he arrived immediately at the rehab floor and followed Mike through to surgery.
Mike just asked me how it got to be March and what happened over the past few days. I’ve told him parts of it several times, but he really grasped it this time. He has absolutely no recollection of anything that happened last Thursday, which is just as well. It is a very overwhelming experience for both of us!
The encouragement of others has also been overwhelming. Yesterday, the family of a friend of Benj’s came up just to encourage him and me and to take him home. I knew of this family, but did not really know them. They had been through a serious health crisis and just wanted to encourage us. Amazing! We had friends stop by from Sioux Falls “on their way to Des Moines” for the E Free Central District Conference. Hardly a direct route! Another couple is skipping District Conference to be with me. Wow! And then there are the family and friends that braved a serious winter storm to get up here last Thursday. I really can’t express how much that helps. God continues to be good!