kshandra: (Wedding)
I was at the office printing out copies of [personal profile] gridlore's disability paperwork when my phone rang, and the caller ID said it was the hospital.

It turned out to actually be my mother-in-law at the hospital (she didn't have my cell number). Doug was awake, and they had taken him off the ventilator! And he was all the way back; when she asked if she should call me, his response was "She's going to wonder where I've been for the past three days."

I got to talk to him. I got to hold his hand. I got to feed him ice chips. I got to watch him doze off between sentences, and try to describe some of the fascinating hallucinations he was still having as the sedatives continue to have their way with him.

I have, as you might imagine, been profoundly worried about what neurological damage might be hiding underneath the propofol, but this was very clearly the man I married still inhabiting his skull. Oh, my god, I cannot even begin to tell you how good it was to have him look me in the eye...and groggily say, "I done fucked up." (I did tell him he was no longer allowed to overrule me when it comes to going to the hospital; he pointed to me, looked at his mother, and said "Listen to this woman, for she is wise.")

It sounds as though they're getting closer to a formal diagnosis of what happened, though I'm not ready to discuss it; no reason in forcing the rest of you to go through the same "we think it's this - no, wait, we think it's that" whiplash we've been dealing with since Wednesday night. Once we have something concrete, I'll make it known.

I'll be back in the morning. I'm looking forward to talking with him some more...even if what he says doesn't always make sense.

Date: 2013-08-04 08:41 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] pauamma
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Date: 2013-08-04 11:28 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] amaebi
amaebi: (Default)
Oh, I am so glad.


Date: 2013-08-04 11:46 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] gingicat
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Date: 2013-08-04 02:02 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] rickvs
rickvs: (Default)
Glad he's doing better. Didn't want Doug to miss the game trailer for Shadowrun Returns :>


Date: 2013-08-04 02:27 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] gritsinmisery
gritsinmisery: (Eleven)
I am so relieved to hear this. I know this entire ordeal has been so hard for you, and I'm glad things appear to be headed up for a bit.

Date: 2013-08-04 06:34 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
wordweaverlynn: (Default)
Such wonderful news!

Date: 2013-08-04 09:56 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] digitalsidhe
digitalsidhe: (smiling)
Yay! So glad to hear this.

Date: 2013-08-05 07:28 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] karaokegal
karaokegal: (JackGwen)
Hubby had a near-death in 2002 and was intubated for 12 days! When they finally pulled it and he could actually talk to me...I remember how emotional that was.

And there was much rejoicing

Date: 2013-08-04 05:28 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] capplor.livejournal.com
(Now you can threaten to sic his mommy on him if he doesn't want to see a doctor)

Date: 2013-08-04 05:39 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] ladyotterfae.livejournal.com
*offers hugs*
I'm so glad his brain is still his brain. :)
I have a decently strong medical background, if you need an extra person to bounce things off of at some point.

Please take care of yourself!

Date: 2013-08-04 05:40 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] johno.livejournal.com

Date: 2013-08-04 05:50 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] dandelion-diva.livejournal.com
I'm so glad to read this.

I remember waking up in the hospital after having Charlie and seeing Jeff, then seeing my mom. The joy in having them there...I'm so glad Doug has that.

Good thoughts still zooming to you.

Love you.

Date: 2013-08-04 06:47 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] realmjit.livejournal.com

Date: 2013-08-04 09:00 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] catnip13.livejournal.com
I am so glad.

Anecdote: when my mom came out from under the sedatives after her heart surgery last summer, before they had even extubated her, she asked for a pen and paper, and wrote "I have a brain. 2+2=4" Then she demanded via gesture to read her chart. I have pictures to prove it.
Edited Date: 2013-08-04 09:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-08-04 12:24 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] iamjw.livejournal.com
YAY! GoodThoughts continuing as they try to sort this all out, but yay for having husband again.

Date: 2013-08-04 01:38 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] janetmiles.livejournal.com
Oh so good to hear! Good Thoughts continue for Doug's recovery.

Date: 2013-08-04 02:21 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] datagoddess.livejournal.com
*kermit flail* Here's to his continued recovery!!

Date: 2013-08-04 02:42 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
Hooray! I continue to hold you in my thoughts.

Date: 2013-08-04 02:49 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] filkerdave.livejournal.com
Oh, that's good news! (Well, not great news 'cos he's still there, but he's awake!

Date: 2013-08-04 03:51 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] kalmn.livejournal.com

Date: 2013-08-04 04:21 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] kevin-standlee.livejournal.com
Great to hear this! Best wishes from all three of us (including [livejournal.com profile] travelswithkuma) at Fernley House.
Edited Date: 2013-08-04 04:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-08-04 06:58 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] valiaderekin.livejournal.com
This is good news. I am very happy to hear that he's making his way back to the world.

I'll keep hoping for it to just keep getting better from here.

I love you!

Date: 2013-08-04 10:19 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] kyburg.livejournal.com
ext_20420: (Ooops)
Oh man, I am so sorry. Glad you turned a corner, but dayim woman.

Date: 2013-08-04 11:32 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] odanu.livejournal.com
I am glad to hear that both of you are doing better. I am continuing with GoodThoughts just in case.

Date: 2013-08-06 01:39 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] johnpalmer.livejournal.com
I'm glad he's back, and I hope that whatever the diagnosis is, it's for something fixable longterm. Prayers/good thoughts continuing.


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