Bugs. Germs. Infections. Isolation. Its all par for the course in long hospital stays. But its no fun for Vernon or his loved ones.
JUST SAY NO TO SUPERBUGS!
He has been in the hospital for 12 weeks now and has been in isolation for two. I must say he has done pretty well, staying healthy for most of his time there.
Fortunately, his visitors—as long as we cover up and wash properly—are safe from germs. But we have to suit up to keep the virus from spreading elsewhere in the hospital.
Above: my mother, Anne, visiting with Vernon earlier today.
Vernon has continued to show physical progress this week, as well as showing more and more awareness of his visitors and the names/suggestions we drop into our conversations with him (can we call them such?)
However, this past week he has seemed weak and tired in our interactions. He still fights to work and communicate as he can, though. After the big breakthroughs of the past weeks, I had been concerned that his brain was going back under the water, despite his recent improvements. But today, the doctor walked me through the list of the infections he has at the moment (as well as what he has been receiving as treatment.) He explained that Vernon’s current exhausted state is due to the fact that his body is fighting so hard against the infections.
I know it has been a long haul so far. And so many of our friends/readers have been faithful in keeping Vernon in their thoughts and prayers, despite how long this has been going on. And yet again, I ask for you to lift him up in your hearts. He will certainly have an amazing story to tell…even if we have to fill in the details for him later.
I get it. I understand this is typical of vulnerable long-term patients like Vernon. But it is hard to watch my loved-one feel sick, whether it be a flu at home or an infection in the hospital. Lets make it go away!
In gratitude always,