Monday, November 8, 2010

THE Day

The doctors and nurses told us that Zane would just "come out of it" one day, and it would be obvious that his mind was back. Today was that day.

Zane had an amazing day.. it just got better as time went on. It was as if the majority of the fogginess lifted & his mind was clear. {sidenote- when I say "talked" I'm meaning "mouthed" in this post. All our "conversations" were us talking & him mouthing words to us.} He carried on many conversations- more than I can recall on the blog. He's remembering things- like his family visiting yesterday & things we told him then. His sense of time is coming back- he remembers the date, and asks us what time of day it is. He said once, "Time is going slowly". We reminded him that while it felt slow in his hospital bed right now, he was actually healing quickly, and time would start flying before long. They're seriously weaning his IV meds & transitioning to oral meds via his feeding tube.

His temps were moderate all day, but were up a little again this evening. It could be partly due to more activity though. He's now getting full occupational therapy on his arms & hands twice a day, in addition to physical therapy on his legs. He was pretty tired out this afternoon after all his therapy, so we told him to take a little nap. Before his nap, he let us know that he wanted an extra blanket because he was cold, an extra pillow under his knees, his bed laid back a bit, and the lights off. And of course, he got whatever he wanted. :) He's still thirsty, so we're still giving him swabs of water or other clear liquids. This evening, we were sitting in the waiting room when his nurse called out & said he was asking for me to come in.

I went in and spent almost 2 hours talking with him, holding his hand, just watching him rest, and doing whatever he asked me to do. That consisted of: washing his feet, lightly scratching his legs, massaging his feet, giving him water swabs, getting cool cloths for his forehead, and answering a variety of questions. There were times his personality definitely shone through. He was trying to tell me that the cloth on his head was getting hot and for some reason I couldn't figure out that he was saying "hot". Finally he got fed up with me and mouthed each letter rather emphatically, "H-O-T". I 'got it' then & laughed as I grabbed it to cool it down for him. We had another little 'moment' later on when I got up to cool his cloth off for him & he was mouthing something to me. I tried just about everything I could think of to figure out what he was saying, and I could tell he was getting bothered. Finally, I pieced it together & realized he was saying, "Wrap it around ice". I let out an excited "OH! Why didn't I think of that??" & he puffed his cheeks and rolled his eyes at me with a grin on his face. He's definitely getting back to himself. We, of course, exchanged several "I love you"s and when I told him I would be here every step of the way & never leave him, he said "Thank you" with a couple tears in his eyes. I went out & let him rest while we grabbed some supper.

My mom, his mom, and I went to get supper downstairs and then came back up to his room. While we were in there we chatted with him some more, gave him more water swabs, and more foot massages. We called our dads and his sisters so they could talk to Zane. They said things out loud, Zane mouthed the response, and I "translated" out loud. It was pretty neat. I did get teary-eyed once.. his mom told him that someone had said that I looked like an angel [totally not having a pride moment here- just had to include it for the story :) ]. He responded by saying "She's my angel... my guardian angel". Yeah.. cue the tears. He saw me getting all emotional and was smiling so I told him "Honey! You can't say these things and make me cry- you know I'm a sap!". He just grinned and said "It's okay". We prayed with him before we left & he said "God is healing me".

That He is! My heart is just full tonight.. thanking God for such a wonderful day with my husband. God is SO, so faithful. It's been a rough 4 weeks, but one moment looking in Zane's eyes the way we did tonight is enough to make the waiting worth it. I could go on forever, but I'm sure not everyone wants to read my sappy ramblings about how much I love my husband and my God for the rest of the night, so I'll keep it short. Amazing day.. and I am SO thankful.

22 comments:

Lori said...

AWESOME DAY!!! So glad he was able to "talk" to everyone today. You could have gone on and gone with your sappiness and I would have loved every minute. I completely agree that you are Zane's guardian angel. So glad he has a girl like you who is there for him every step of the way. God is amazing and healing him, even if it is ever so slowly!

Sarah Louise said...

Praise God!!!

This might be something for you guys to ask someone at the hospital Zane is at- but in the ICU that I worked at in WV, we had electronic boards with letters & common words that our patients who were on vents/trached could use to communicate with us. We didn't have very many, and often our patients were lucid enough to use them...but it sounds like he is getting to a point where he could use something like that :) So glade he is getting better!

Sarah said...

So happy for you, sounds really promising. Tell him we all say hi:)

Mildred said...

Praise the Lord! I am so very happy for each of you Courtney. What an amazing day.

Karen said...

This is a huge answer to prayer. Praise God!

Anonymous said...

What a great day together, you both inspire me with all the faith you have. Zane has healed so quickly from this accident. I know there is probably aways to go, but look how far he has already come. It amazes me the faith you all have. Tell Zane that Gail and Zeke said Hello and keep getting stronger and stronger. Everyone at Dead River keeps in touch with the blogs also and wishes you both the best. Gail & Zeke Wieder

Lorraine said...

Hi Courtney,
I could have read on and on about this beautiful love story!!! Did I get all choked up? Yes.....I love sappy! Thank you so much for sharing your heart. God has been so gracious for answering prayers from so many. Praising our God for all He does for all of us and especially for Zane and you at this time. Still praying for the fevers and for Zane's trach to be removed soon. What a blessing it has been to read your post this morning!!! Take care....Lorraine(ME)

Anonymous said...

To God be the glory - great things He has done! How true that is. There's no way I can convey to you how much I enjoy getting you updates. Tell Zane that we are praying for both of you (your mother too as she is there with you).
Keep looking up.
Priscilla PHillips

5th Belle Avenue said...

Oohh this is incredible!! God is INCREDIBLE!!!

other-option said...

So so SO happy for you! Wishing you both the best...
- Danielle

Nancy Chandler said...

Thanks so much for your continuing updates - I love reading them and am so very thankful to the good Lord for giving you the strength that you need to get through difficult times. He is truly with you and Zane and certainly will bring a healthy Zane back to us. We miss him here at MPS and is constantly in all our thoughts and prayers. Take good care of yourself Courtney and give Zane our best --

MommaAmma said...

Wow that's amazing! We are so in awe of his progress. I can't imagine how slow it feels to him but everything is so miraculous. Praise God! And you are his angel, embarking on a long difficult journey with a full heart and full faith. You are an angel.

Sharon said...

Praise God! You all have about 100 people praying for you down in VA. It's so wonderful to hear about another situation Jesus is working in.

Donna M McEachern said...

Dear: Courtney:
I was very glad to read this update today. I was praiseing god for you two. I am so glad that Zane is doing Better> MY prayerings are wint you and Zane everyday.

Margaret said...

Praise The Lord. Have been following your blog Courtney and praying. What a JOY to hear Zane has improved this far already. We will continue our prayers for you all. May God continue to Bless you and Zane.
Our Love,
Maggie & Wally Gerow
Dade City, FL.

Anonymous said...

Great news!! Your post brought tears to my eyes. Sounds like things are going well. God is a wonderful healer.
Please tell Zane that Rick and the Fort Kent Crew are all thinking about him and wishing him well.
We'll continue to pray for his speedy recovery. :)

Katie said...

YAY!!!

Brenda said...

Bring on the 'sap,' Courtney! We're loving it. What a great day and a milestone! Praise be to God for his goodness and His faithfulness!!! Please give Zane our best and our love. You are a special couple and we love you. Ask God what He is going to do with the gift he has given you of this experience. In our Bible study we learned that we need to accept these difficulties and treat them as a gift. Hard concept, but God truly can be glorified through it all.

Dorothy said...

I agree with what Brenda said (above). So glad that things are going so well at this point in time. I feel the worst is behind you and now you just have to "wait on the Lord" to finish the healing He is doing in Zane. You will learn many lessons and get many blessings from this experience.
Peace and Grace

Anonymous said...

You sure brought big smiles to our faces. Tell Zane to keep working hard! He is still part of our daily conversations (at home and at work)and our prayers. Thank You again for all the information. You made our day!!! Scott and Penny Madore

Anonymous said...

I am so glad for your wonderful news! Praise the Lord!

Sue House
Grace Brethren Church
Greenville, Ohio

One Heart said...

I am soooo happy to hear the good news. Stopped by to let you know I am still praying and thinking of you guys. I am simply grateful and so happy for all of you. Blessings!