Our day started with dad sedated and on the ventilator. By 2:00, he was off of the ventilator and trying to talk to us. We have been encouraging him to rest and let his brain and body heal from having had two surgeries in the past three days.
Dad definitely knows what's going on, and he is so obviously and
hopelessly in love with mom. If you know dad, you already know this.
Everything he does or says reflects this. Today, when he was off of the
sedation, but still intubated, he wanted nothing more than to hold mom's
face and made sure she was near him. It's beautiful to see such love
and devotion. A true inspiration really. No amount of brain trauma and
no brain invader will ever change that.
We really think that having dad's two "brothers" John Walpole and David
Poley sit with him and read the bible and devotionals yesterday helped
in his being able to relax and stay calm. Knowing these men were by his
side and loving him through this, lifting him up, could have been
nothing more than comforting and empowering.
Dad is a fighter, but he also knows when to allow himself to rest. This
is a great thing because I want him to jump up and have a discussion
about some historical event of which he knows every detail.
He knows himself. He knows what his body and brain needs; he gives us
the reassurance we need by passing his neuro exams, having short
conversations, and telling us he loves us.
Today was wonderful. We started to get our dad back. He is smiling,
wanting to see his granddaughters' video messages, telling us he loves
us, and responding to just about everything we say to him.
Thank you for being on this journey with us. It's exhausting and scary,
but without your love and support, it would be unbearable.