Monday, November 8, 2010

Gradual Progress

Please forgive my slacking in posting- When family is here, I often run out of time or forget to post an update. Zane's still progressing on slowly. His temp continues to fluctuate up and down a bit, but the cultures they sent to the lab haven't grown anything yet. In other words, there's still no sign of infection. He's still awake intermittently, but sleepy over all. He seems very thirsty, and is always asking for water when he wakes up. Our burn survivor friend told us that that was one of the worst things when he woke up as well & that Gatorade was the only that quenched his thirst. You better believe we'll be buying cases of it when Zane's able to drink. Yesterday, Zane asked me (mouthing still, not talking), "When can I have a glass of water?". I explained that it would be a few days because of the "tube in his throat". He looked a little disgruntled, but the swabs seem to suffice for now.

Yesterday morning Zane had asked what day it was again & we told him. Later in the afternoon he asked, "When is Thanksgiving?". It seemed like he had at least retained the information from that morning & remembered that he'd lost a few weeks that afternoon. Once, when I was giving him a swab for his mouth, I asked him if he wanted his teeth brushed & he excitedly nodded yes. He's been pretty picky about brushing his teeth the past few months, so I'm sure he enjoyed it. He's been seeing occupation and physical therapists almost every day. I've been in his room several times during OT & although very tight when they start, his arms and hands loosen up a lot by the time they're done. Yesterday they were able to stretch his right hand to touch his forehead! He does really well squeezing & moving with his left hand, but can't bend his right hand enough to squeeze yet. He gets a little frustrated because he's lost a lot of strength in his arms, especially the right side. But, he never tells them to stop- he just grits his teeth & pushes it harder. He's definitely a fighter & even in his half-awake state, he's working hard to get his strength and mobility back.

Later in the afternoon and evening, he got restless again. He told me his legs were itching- which is actually a good sign that the skin is healing! After trying to throw his legs over the sides of the bed again, his nurse had to give him some medication (Versed, for those wondering) to calm him down. He's still receiving a lot of medication, but they're trying to find a happy medium where he's awake, but not in pain. We'll get there eventually!

Each day that goes by, I get more excited about when he'll truly "come out of it" & be able to talk to us. God continues to provide for our needs, and sends us precious little blessings in the form of cards, emails, words from strangers, & even little whispers of encouragement to our souls.

8 comments:

Dorothy said...

Thanks for the update. It's always good to hear of the little improvements. Joe (my son) was always so thirsty while he was in the ICU, also. However, he didn't have the trachostomy, so he could drink. He wanted Gatorade, Sprite and was hooked on those little individual containers on Mandarin Oranges, which he wanted very cold. I hope that you continue to see progress every day and soon you will have your Zane back home. Sending my prayers and good wishes,
Dorothy

Lorraine said...

Hi Courtney, No apologies are ever necessary! You have your priorities straight....family first! I feel bad that Zane is feeling so thirsty. Maybe once they have his meds in order and he can begin to be more alert the trach can be removed and he can begin to have refreshing Gatorade to drink!!! From your post, it seems as though he is improving a little bit every day. What answer to prayer! He sounds like one determined man working to regain his strength and mobility. Hoping and praying for tomorrow to be a much better day with constant improvements. Praising God for no known infections but hoping the fevers will disappear quickly. Take care, enjoy your time with Zane and family. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to post to us. I appreciate it! God bless........Lorraine(ME)

Anonymous said...

I found your blog by accident when looking at home improvement ideas --- I am so touched by your story and your strong faith --- I will be praying for your husband and you --- for complete healing and recovery. God is our strength and lean on Him each day

Anonymous said...

Courtney:

It has been a day or so since I last checked in. I pray daily and think of you and Zane so much. Every meal prayer, every daily prayer does not pass without our asking God for help in healing Zane. But I also pray that he is there for you every day. It must be hard and I can only imagine what you are going through. Never having been through such hard times, I wish so much for you to feel loved and thought about. I hardly know you but I am so lucky to have you in my life even at a distance. You make me realize how we must live every day as if it were our last. We all dream of the day we join our God in heaven but while on this earth, I pray that Zane is returned to complete health very soon. We love you guys.

Cindy & John Lebrun from Columbus.

Joi said...

Still praying for you and Z! : )

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

I look forward to your updates. He seems to be getting better and better every day!

pk @ Room Remix said...

I'm so glad to hear that there is no infection and that he's making progress. I'm sure it's so good to be able to have the communication with him, even though he's not completely talking yet. You're still in my thoughts and prayers.

HTRenz said...

What a beautiful picture! This brings tears to my eyes. Stay strong :)