Monday, December 20, 2010

Home.. Kind Of

Having Zane back at the apartment has been absolutely amazing. My sisters flew in from TN on Thursday night and my dad drove down on Friday. We all spent the weekend together & it was so much better being here rather than the hospital! On Saturday night Mom, my sisters, my aunt, my cousin, and I went to The Nutcracker while Dad and Zane went to Lowe's and ordered pizza. :) Yesterday everyone left and went back to Maine, except for Zane and me. It's nice for it to be just the two of us again, but I was also a little sad to see mom go. She hasn't left my side for the past 10 weeks.. she held my hand while Zane was in a coma, and she helped me take care of him when he woke up. I told her yesterday that it was like having the training wheels taken off. I am SO thankful for her.

Zane is doing great being here. He's doing more and more on his own, including washing his own hair. This is huge, considering a couple weeks ago he couldn't even touch his face. On Friday, we had an appointment with Zane's burn/plastics surgeon, Dr. Pomahac and another plastics surgeon who specializes in hands, Dr. Sampson. They decided to do a release surgery on Zane's right wrist and elbow. They think that this will take some pressure off the nerves, and hopefully restore feeling in his right hand. The surgery is scheduled for December 30th.

I want to answer a few questions:

Yes, Zane will still have outpatient therapy. Right now, we're staying in Boston and he's getting therapy at Spaulding 5 days/week. Hopefully sometime in January we'll move back home and he'll get therapy there. They said he will probably need therapy for a year or more, but right now it's important we stay in an area where there are therapists who are experienced in burn.

Yes, we will be coming home for Christmas. We fly home on Thursday and back on Monday. We are SO, SO excited to be back home, even if it is just for a few days. Neither of us have been home, or even left Boston since October 12.

Yes, I had Zane's wedding band on a chain around my neck. The nurses gave me his ring when they took it off him in the ER on the day of the accident and I haven't let go of it since. I wore it around my thumb for a while, but it was still too big, so eventually I got a chain to wear it on. I'll keep wearing it until he can put it back on his own finger. :)

{this was just a cell phone shot, but we got the whole family (my side, anyway) in one. :) Oh, and I'm the one to the left of Zane.. my sisters and I look a LOT alike.}


The Cushman's said...

Whooo Hooooo!!!! The West Ridge Road is ready for your arrival!! I've looked at the weather for this weekend and it looks like sunny skies! Time alone together must seem strange and wonderful all at the same time..enjoy! Keep up the good work and take care! Warren and Sherri

Dorothy said...

Wow! your sisters DO look a lot like you! It's great to be in the apartment and yet stay close to the hospital. We found comfort in that. I just KNEW you and Zane would get to go home for Christmas!
I have followed your posts all the way and can't help but compare this with what we went through when my son was burned the last of April. By the way, Joe is back working full time now and I pray the time will pass quickly until things are back to 'normal' with you two. We both know it will never be as though it never happened but he will resume a somewhat normal life. Like you, we are thankful to God for all His marvelous blessings and healing power.
Merry Christmas!
Dorothy Pepper

Anonymous said...

This picture caused my eyes to "water up". It is so great to see your whole family together - and not in a hospital room. God is so good! It will be great to have you back "on the ridge" if only for a few days.

Priscilla PHillips

Mildred said...

I am so very thankful for the progress Zane has made. I am inspired by the dedication and perseverance of you as his wife and the love and support of your families during this ordeal. I will be remembering Zane and the doctors on the 30th and I pray this surgery will be the beginning of Zane's hands being healed. (We all know from Anthony Burger's video testimony, that God can do far more than we can imagine!) My heart goes out to Zane's family and yours and to both of you during this Christmas season. May God surround you with peace and love. Please know there are many lives that you two have touched by sharing your story so openly. Mildred Nalley

Kristin said...

Beautiful family!!!

Lori said...

So glad you can go home for Christmas. We will miss you in Ohio, but looking forward to our visit by webcam :) We love you both!

Mandy said...

That is such wonderful news - what a Christmas present, huh? :) I've been following his recovery story but haven't commented much. So happy to see that he is doing so well! And boy do you and your sisters look alike!

Anonymous said...

Merry merry Christmas to you both. What a fantastic christmas this will be for you and all of us back in Dayton/Columbus Ohio. We have been so worried and to know he has left the hospital and can go home for Christmas is the best news ever. I hope you guys can come to Dayton/Columbus real soon. Again, Merry Christmas!

Cindy & John from Columbus