HE WOKE UP!!!
This morning H is talking some, although his focus, memory and attention are not what we will look for in the weeks ahead as he heals. When he said, ” Hi Mama,” when I first saw him this morning, I began jumping up and down and hollering with joy, tears streaming down my face ( an entertaining sight when someone is at ginormously pregnant as I am). But those were – without question – the most important, beautiful words I have ever heard another human being utter, and I will never forget that feeling of hearing my son say them as long as I live.
Best. Words. Ever.
In other news, we have had one rather alarming bleeding episode today so far, but that’s under control now. The injuries from the assault part of the equation are becoming clearer, making it also clearer that an arrest or arrests are necessary to protect the public from whomever would do this to another person. We have full confidence in the Knox County Sheriff’s Department that they will finish their investigation just as soon as they can and will find out who did this to H.
The doctors have decided to leave his cervical brace/neck collar thingy on for now because they are worried about his broken jaw, as well as some possible torn ligaments and soft tissue damage in his neck that could cause his neck to be unable to support his head. And the last thing you want someone with a healin brain injury to have is a floppy head. Right now he is down having another CT Scan to take a closer look at several of his injuries; when he gets back I am going to see if he can talk a bit more before trying to get him to nap again for a few hours.
He is still much weaker and less able to control his movements on one side of his body. Apparently this means the brain injury likely had more impact on his functioning on that side as opposed to the other. This is something we hope that time and rehab will remedy.
I want to give a huge shout out to all of the medical staff at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s critical care unit. They are all amazingly skilled, compassionate and just plain terrific. I cannot say enough good things about the excellent care H is receiving, or about the kind, thoughtful way they have interacted with our whole family during this, the most stressful experience of our lives. Good peoples, they are.