Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Best Anniversary Ever

Yesterday was the best anniversary ever. I'm sorry I didn't post sooner; Alex was feeling anxious and asked me to spend the night at the hospital with him. I just traded shifts with his mom so I can tend to my kitties, do some correspondence and get some sleep before going back to the hospital.

Not only did Alex smile yesterday; he TALKED. I have to hold my finger over his trach tube (he's too weak to raise his hands that high) and I have to listen closely, but he can talk!! He told me he loves me, and when our 12 yr old came in, he told her too. You can imagine how that made us feel! There's no anniversary present in the world that can compete with that one.

Alex spent last night breathing on his own, which is a HUGE step towards getting him out of the ICU. This is such a big deal; it's been our goal to get him off the ventilator as soon as possible. Looks like this will be the week it finally happens.

In his physical therapy session today, they helped him sit up and dangle his legs off the side of the bed. It was a challenge, and he needed help to do it, but he was able to sit up long enough to do some side-to-side stretches and some leg lifts. Again, this is a gigantic step forward. Pretty soon he'll be able to pull himself up!

He continues to regain more and more strength every day. I can't help but feel that he's tapping into all of the positive energy everyone has been sending our way. I can't thank you enough. Your support and encouragement helps me stay positive, and that helps Alex tremendously. We couldn't do this without you all. Thank you for a great birthday and a wonderful anniversary.

7 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so happy at all the progress Alex is making! What an Anniversary present!

    Each an every one of these things, which he can now do, is a huge step.

    And as someone else said, please do try to take care of yourself. I know it's hard to think of self, at a time like this. But... If we don't keep up our own strength as much as possible, how will be able to 'be there' for those who need us.

    Hugs, hugs, hugs,
    Aunt Amelia

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  2. I am thrilled to hear Alex is doing all of that moving about and talking. Gaining physical strength is so important to his recovery. I pray he gets off the ventilator and you can have more conversation.

    I am still sending prayers out, Nancy. Keep up the hope and take care of YOURSELF too!! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  3. Oh, hurray and joy over your wonderful anniversary!! I am so excited at your husbands progress....yes, good thoughts will stregthen him, so we shall continue or paryers for you and yours!
    The strength will come and as he progresses in bits each day, his appetite will return and he'll be home with you before you know it!!
    So glad your daughter was able to be there to cheer her dad on!!

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  4. What wonderful news. I hope Alex's recovery continues to progress more and more each day.

    Happy birthday/anniversary for yesterday too!

    Jeanne x

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  5. Happy anniversary, and I hope things continue to improve daily for your husband. May God bless. Linda

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  6. Aw, thanks everyone! You're making me cry! Thanks for the hugs, prayers, and support. It helps a lot.

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  7. I just heard through the grapevine of yours and your DH's situation. My thoughts and healing vibes are coming your way! Good luck with everything, and congrats on the anniversary and DH's (hopefully, now) speedy recovery. *^_^*

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