Thursday, October 28, 2010


Zane is still doing well today. Because of the continued fevers, they took the central IV line out of his groin last night and put one in his neck. The neck is a cleaner place to have it, so it's less likely to get infected. They keep drawing cultures, and nothing new seems to be growing from them so there are no new infections. He was a little more alert today, but still very agitated and moving around a lot. He won't stay still or lay straight in bed- he keeps pushing himself up and down with his legs and twisting sideways. The nurses had put an oxygen monitor on one of his toes and he clearly did not like it. He had his leg lifted way up in the air and was wiggling his toes all around trying to get it off. It was pretty comical, really.

He seemed to recognize who we were today and responded appropriately to things we were saying. He smiled when he saw mom and me. He was able to mouth the word "cold" to us so the nurse got him a sheet to cover up with. After we covered him up he mouthed the words "thank you". I joked and told him he was more polite in the hospital than he was at home. :) The occupational therapist came up to help him move his arms around and change the dressings on his hand splints. She left the left hand splint off for a while so he could move around his fingers. He held and even squeezed my hand a little. I rubbed his feet when he started to get agitated and sometimes it helped calm him down. I pulled up a chair and sat beside him, holding his hand for a while. At one point I saw him staring at the wall so I asked him if he was looking at the pictures we'd printed out and put up there (there's a big one from our wedding a few smaller ones of the whole family). He nodded, kind of motioned towards the picture of us with his eyebrows, and mouthed the word "beautiful". It's so good to see little signs of life like this. After him being so delirious the past few days, it was so reassuring to see him with a bit sharper mind.

This morning I signed the consent for his surgery tomorrow. They won't know for sure how much they'll have to do until they actually get him in to the OR. They'll definitely have to do some debridement to get the dead cells off. The question is how much grafting they'll do. The PA we met with this morning said Dr. Pomahac was thinking it would be mostly on the right side. Praise God they're not thinking they'll have to do the whole back! The surgery is scheduled for 7:30AM EST so I will update you all as soon as I get some news after.

Being a major trauma center this long, I am constantly reminded how blessed we are. Zane isn't out of the woods yet, but he's certainly doing well! There is so much pain and suffering around us, but we do our best to empathize and share a little of the hope we have with those families. People are very interested in Zane's story and we have made many friends. We've been blessed by being able to pray for them, and by their prayers for us. It's a beautiful thing.


Lori said...

So excited to hear how he is doing today! I laughed when you talked about him moving his feet around and trying to get the O2 monitor off. I can just see him doing that! Praying for the surgery tomorrow and will even be praying at the time he goes in! God has blessed us with you Courtney, you are so strong for Zane and our whole family. I am so glad God gave you to Zane and he accepted! At least now you will have proof of him being polite and tell you know he can be that polite at home :) We love you!!!

Kathysue said...

Courtney everytime I come here and read your post and how it reflects your beauty and grace and strength through all this I am marveled. God is good and he is holding you and Zane in his hands. You are such a wonderful testimony of his grace. God bless you both,Kathysue

Lorraine said...

Hi Courtney,
Thank you for the beautiful writings you share with us. God is answering prayers and it is an amazing testimony that you are sharing. I can see in just this short time that you and Zane were a perfect match set before the Lord. So glad that you are having some special moments with Zane and that you are able to bring him peace through these times. I had to smile with the incident with the oxygen monitor on his toe. Zane's persistence will help him to heal quickly. I think that is one determined man! This is just a setback in your lives and soon you will both have this behind you. Just a few more hurdles. I already prayed about tomorrow's surgery and will continue as well as sending out updates and prayer requests. Praying the surgery is minimal and for the fevers to end. Praying for you and the family as well.......take care, Lorraine(ME)

MommaAmma said...

I've been following your trying journey this whole time. Sorry not to have made a comment. We are just so amazed at both your strength and faith in God and your husband's. Miracles abound and it's so wonderful that you see them in every way. Your family is in our prayers daily. Thanks to you both for the inspiration.

The Cates Family said...

Our prayes are with you and your family. We all will continue to pray for a full recovery!!!! Thank you for your updates. I just read about this in the paper today and passed the word to my family!! If there is anything that you need please let us know!! stay strong <3
The Cates Family!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Courtney & Family,
It has been a while since I have commented, but felt it was time for me to once again thank you for the way you are keeping us informed, and to let you know that you all remain in my daily prayers. I do check each day to see if there is a post, and I am truly praising God for His work through all of this....both in Zane's healing, and in your testimony thru it all. He alone is our source of life, and strength, and healing, and He is the only One who can bring you through. God Bless you all!
Gail Solomita,
Maine Public Service employee

Karen said...

Praise God for continued progress. Praying for the surgery to go well.

Katie said...

Praying still. Hope the surgery goes well tomorrow!
God Bless.

Connie Bartlett said...

Dear Courtney, Zane & Family

Thank you for the up dates each day. We check at least three times a day to see what has transpired. We are praying for all of you several times a day and we pray that everything will go well tomorrow morning. Your faith in God is such a testimony. Spoke with Grammie and Grampie Sherman yesterday. They are very concerned for your well-being. I read your blog to them yesterday. We hope that Zane's fever subsides quickly and the infections will not set in. God's glory shines through his creation of people like you and Zane and both of your families. We love you!
Uncle Bart and Aunt Connie

Mildred said...

I am thankful for Zane's alertness today; for the fact that he recognized the photos and held your hand. I will be praying for his surgery tomorrow. Praying for you also Courtney.

Anonymous said...

Courtney,Zane and family,
So thankful that Zane was more alert today. God is so good! I'll be praying at 7:30 tomorrow for drs and Zane during surgery.
Keep looking up,

Priscilla PHillips

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you that hanging the portraits for Zane to see is an awesome idea. I know you all can't be there all of the time but what a comfort that must be for him to open his eyes and see you at any time. I know as a retired nurse that it also helps the staff remember what their goal is, restoring this young man back to his vibrant self. It really personalizes it all as do your daily blog pictures for me. You are both beautiful inside and out!

Linda said...

Courtney, guess what? I figured out how to do this, but I had to call Lori and ask her. Just want you to know how much we love you for loving our son. We are really blessed to have you in our family. Boy, Gods will was perfect by putting you two together. I couldn't have prayed for anything more, you have blessed us in so many, laughter, strength, faith in God. You are a very beautiful young woman inside and out. I wish I could be there with you and Zane right now and always through the toughest times, but I know you, your mom, the nurses and Drs. will take great care of him. You know I am praying for Zane and you continuessly. Praying that surgery goes great. See ya soon. Love Z's mom

Annie said...

i'm glad to hear he is doing well and smiling when he sees you. that warms my heart. i will keep on praying hun. you are in my thoughts...hugs!

Dorothy said...

Dear Courtney,
I'm so happy for you that you are seeing little signs of more alertness in Zane. All that you are saying is so very much like my son's recovery after his accident! I feel that many prayers are being answered and before long you will be able to take Zane home! I continue to remember you and Zane in my prayers.