Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The one where we almost get to leave ICU...

Sorry I didn't blog yesterday, but honestly, I was so exhausted that I started to doze off while writing my facebook update. My hands kept going though and typing random letters. It was weird. Mike said just to type "still alive" and let it go, but I know people would like more than that. Again thank you for all of the well-wishes, offers of prayers and support. It is helping just to know you care. I read Mike all the wonderful wall posts and comments on Facebook and the comments on the blog. I know he appreciates them.

Last night was our first really good night. Mike slept through the whole night. Which means I got some much needed rest as well. He awoke in good spirits and looking better. Some of the facial swelling has gone down and the bruises and abrasions are looking better. He still looks like hell, but compared to Friday night, he looks great.

His hemoglobin is rising, so the theory is that the adrenal laceration has clotted itself and no surgery is required. They told him he could try getting out of bed today. Moving around will help in so many ways! About 11, he fell in to a very deep sleep. Nothing woke him. In fact, the nurse had to yell to get him to wake up. At first we thought it was the pain shot he'd gotten. He managed to get up and then sit in a recliner by the bed. But he just seemed off to me. Very quiet and withdrawn. He said he had no energy. It was because he had spiked a fever again. The order for room transfer was scrapped and we remain in the ICU battling what could be an infection. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how serious that could be for someone who just lost their spleen. And so, I will again be keeping the midnight vigil. Monitoring his vitals and his fever. And hoping that it's not serious.

Some days it feels like he comes one step forward and then we take one step back. I know that he will recover. I know that he will survive. But we have a long road ahead of us.

Hildi is coming tomorrow and I can't wait. It will be so good to have her here for a bit. The kids are holding up well. I'm not sure what I'd do without them. I am getting tired of sharing a restroom with 50,000 strangers. Um. Ew. But the shower room is not so bad. Especially when our favorite nurse tells housekeeping to clean it for me and there's hot water. But of course, I won't leave him and go home. So I just tell myself "it's like camping, right?"

On watch again,

Sorry this was short, but I'm exhausted!
Here is a link where you can send Mike and e-card and the hospital will print it out and give it to us. http://www.blessinghospital.org/egreeting


  1. Still sayin prayers. I went to send an ecard and didnt know the room number?

  2. Lots of hugs for you, and lots of careful hugs for Mike.

  3. Going the right direction one step at a time and he will be home soon, just take care of yourself too because right now as you know you both need each other so much.

    I am proud Mike is gaining ground here this is good news and even though "Still Alive" is a positive it's still good to hear more :)

  4. Keep stepping forward...no matter how many people you have to lean on to do it, k?

  5. hang in there, I know it is rough! Sending good vibes your way!

  6. I'm so sorry you are going through this. I know Mike will be ok because I don't think you would have it any other way.

  7. Camping on sterile but vile ground, right??

    You are mighty and I know he is comforted by your presence. Doing the bad bugs go away dance. Mike if she reads this to you, please know I think you have the best family on planet earth.

    Love and healing strength to you all.

  8. I sent an ecard and didn't know the room number so I just put ICU so I hope he gets it!

    Hang in there and hoping her will soon be home! Take care of yourself and make sure you are getting your rest. I'm sure it's going to be a long haul.

  9. Still praying for a speedy recovery.

  10. Still praying! Ugh! I hate not being able to do anything but pray and hope... :(