I drove in this morning on very messy roads. The temperature was the same at 6:30 this morning as it was at 9 last night.
Once again, Mike did not sleep well. Tonight they are going to give him Benedryl to see if that helps. He is coughing less, which is a good thing.
The occupational therapist was not very with it today. She got here about 10 minutes late and did not have everything ready to go. All she got accomplished was the shower, which is not much for an hour. I think we’re going to talk to the rehab doctor about it, as Mike thought it was worthless.
Three weeks ago from this very minute, Mike was waiting for the AVM resection surgery to start. Two weeks ago he was laying on a cooling blanket in neuro ICU with a temperature of 105 that was caused by a blood infection. One week ago Mike was headed for open heart surgery to remove that huge blood clot from his heart and bunches of clots from his lungs. Today is better already!
Yesterday I went to the mall for awhile to walk around and pick up a couple more things Mike needed for rehab. I’ve been to restaurants, but apart from that, I am pretty much at the hospital. I was surprised at how bothered I was by everyone going on with their lives while mine is on hold. As hard as it is in the hospital, it is less emotionally challenging here. Everyone around us in the hospital is also in the midst of dealing with a health problem.
So what am I going to do to deal with this? Well, one thing is to remind myself of the people here who are in more difficult situations than we are. One such person is the lady on the cardiac floor who had a heart/double lung transplant. She has been in the hospital since October and not seen her kids since Christmas. She is a single mom who now has to stay in Rochester for the next year. She also has a very kind brother who has been with her the entire time. They like Rochester so much that he has found a job and is moving her children and mother here to live permanently. That’s commitment!
I am also going to take the advice of our friend, Randy, and take one day at a time. It is overwhelmingly stressful to think past today. Randy quoted the verse that says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” So I’ll just deal with today’s trouble, which so far is the easiest Thurday trouble yet!