Two Weeks Later

It has now been two weeks since husband was airlifted up here. Two weeks! A lot has gone on, but we’re making baby steps to heading home, each one of which is a victory and welcomed.

Tuesday afternoon, husband was moved back up to the neuro floor. First step. He has been on oxygen and saline solution – one of the concerns with brain surgery besides the obvious of bleeding and swelling is the sodium level. A low sodium level apparently plays tricks with your brain, makes it misfire. Today the doctor took him off oxygen and off the saline IV. Another step.

If he maintains now, we will probably go home Saturday or Sunday, according to the doctor’s PA. Others have mentioned tomorrow. I think tomorrow unlikely. He has now met with the occupational and physical therapists, and passed their tests. He is now allowed to walk the halls with me in attendance, safety strap around his waist.

I see improvements – I see more of what husband used to be. I see alertness, I see comprehension, I see less shuffle to the walk. I see challenges in keeping him “in line” for awhile – reminding him he cannot yet set the world on fire, he must be mindful of safety, he cannot push himself. He is not the kind to take breaks when he is doing something, but he must learn to do that. We have talked about that today – we will have many more conversations about it, I am sure. He will fight my “mothering” as he has not for awhile, but I must persist and he must be sensible.

I think now we must have passed the tests, met the challenges, proved our strength. Can we now just relax, just live life, enjoy puppy kisses and doing nothing or doing something, dependent upon how we feel. The prostate cancer will still be present, of course, life expectancy will be limited – but a relief from emergencies would be a precious gift.

Our baskets are filled with enough – let’s keep it that way.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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16 Responses to Two Weeks Later

  1. Oh, Carol, I’m so glad to hear he’s making progress and you’ll be able to go home soon. I think just relaxing at home together will be a lovely gift for both of you. Take care, dear friend.


  2. Sheri B says:

    This is GREAT news!! We’re so happy for you!!


  3. melouisef says:

    Progress is great news!


  4. Carol, you are so gracious! So glad you are both able to go home to enjoy this quiet precious time together.


  5. lisa says:

    I’ve kept an eye out for your update all week. Good news, for sure! I’m certain you all are anxious to get back home and settled into more comfy surroundings. Your strength and resolve during this crisis is amazing.


  6. Heather says:

    Carol, I’m so happy for your good news! May you have puppy kisses soon.
    “…but I must persist and he must be sensible.” Good luck to both of you in this endeavor. I’ve been in both places, and have a harder time being sensible. It sure seems sensible to set the world on fire when you feel so good.


  7. What a lovely thought, in amongst everything you are going through, that your baskets are full with enough. I do take my hat off to you. I am really pleased to hear that your husband is making strides forward. May they continue in strength and number.


  8. Northern Narratives says:

    Home is a great place to be. I am happy to hear of all the progress.


  9. Colleen says:

    Carol, I am glad you will soon be home. Your strength and open-heart have been an inspiration. Wishing you both time for many, many puppy kisses.


  10. Angelia Sims says:

    Glad to hear this part of the journey is coming towards the end. God bless you both for all your struggles. I pray you get the relief and monotony soon. Hugs dear!


  11. So relieved to hear some good news! Your strength and resolve are amazing. May you both have many more years together filled with puppy kisses!


  12. happy, Happy, HAPPY news for YOU and YOURS!


  13. Best wishes. Nothing like being told to go home – take care of both of you.


  14. Cee Neuner says:

    Sounds like life is looking up a little bit. Still holding you both in lots of great energy!!!!


  15. Lynne Ayers says:

    So glad there is progess. You must be emotionally exhausted – I wish you some down time together, to just be.


  16. Joanne says:

    Carol, it brings tears to my eyes when I read “our baskets are filled with enough”. After what you have both been through, you can still say this. What a remarkable woman you are. As always, sending love and blessing to you and Pat. I can hardly wait to hear that you are both safely home, and what a reception therewill be to greet you both, from your furry girls! ❤


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