Hopeful Medical News

Our relative (the one who had the bad car accident) started talking yesterday. I wasn’t there when it happened; I visited him today. He slept the whole time I was there, so I didn’t hear him talk. But it was real, restful sleep, not the twilight sleep we were seeing before.

He’s in a different ward, and he no longer has a tube up his nose. His hands were out of the “mittens” when I saw him. In addition to a nurse, he has a “companion” who stays with him all the time. The one definite thing the companion told me was that when someone was introduced to him, he said “Nice to meet you,” which shows his brain is working.

He talked to his dad, among other people.

He looked much better this time. I am greatly relieved. It’s only taken two weeks, and that’s not bad, considering the level of trauma. I hope I get to hear him talk next time.

Thank you for all of your prayers.

9 thoughts on “Hopeful Medical News

  1. This is a promising great development, Baron. Whatever emotional support, that can be given, to encourage through his tough times, will be of major back up assistance in his recovery. Hopefully, recovery will proceed speedily, possibly with ups and downs, but the support will be as a crutch, until he become as well as he will become.

    Wonderful, encouraging news, especially the cognition, though, Baron. Thanks for this good news.

  2. Yes thanks for the update Baron..(’tis a wee bit late)..So good to hear that though..Hope you guys are sleeping well, for a change..

  3. I was hospitalized this month for an iatrogenic illness that nonetheless could have been fatal (hyponatremia). I am telling anyone who will listen to never take a diuretic without having your sodium level monitored. I also am suspicious of Tamiflu, which sent me back to the hospital in a near psychotic state. In any case, I can attest to the morale boosting effect of visits from friends. Probably not therapeutic, but definitely morale boosting.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience with Tamiflu. I am aware of the reported psychological side effects, and have determined not to ever give it to my kids, but they are grossly underreported and under regarded.

      • The future Baron was given Tamiflu when he first contracted Swine flu. It did lessen the symptoms temporarily, but he was so very ill that the B had to bring him home so he would have adequate care.

        It’s amazing how a parent with a sick grown child can revert to hovering over their kid as though he were two. We were grateful just to see him breathing by that point. It was a slow recovery, but eventually, he went back to his real life. I’ll never forget that experience though. It made me realize how far we’ve come since the time of deaths of young people via TB, polio, pneumonia, scarlet fever, etc.

        The versions of flu going around this season have taken their toll among children and old people. Here are some CDC stats.


    • Those prayers are proving efficacious.

      I’m especially pleased that they had him up briefly in a chair of some sort. I don’t know how one does that to someone with a broken pelvis, but it certainly lowers his clot risk to have it. I’ll bet they’re doing a bit of physical rehab, too.

      The Baron told me that the woman designated as his “companion” (what a great idea!) said she’d been able to give him a whole body shampoo. He’s a hairy one, all right, so no doubt his skin is grateful. There is also something innately healing about human (and mammalian) touch. It is soothing.

      My guess is that she mainly functions as traffic control – i.e., limits the numbers of people who can be in his room at one time and probably makes visitors ‘play fair’ with the amount of time they spend. Since I’ve never had anyone close be so severely injured this is all new territory.

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