It was party time at Mesa Verde today! I’d brought Chris Adams up with me because I wanted him to see how much better Vernon was doing. Chris has been there for all the ‘waking’ stages, so he needed to be there for this one too! I also wanted him to meet Mike and see how the PEMF therapy worked.
When we arrived, Joe and Vernon were still in bed. Apparently, it had been a rough night after Vernon pulled out his feeding tube and refused to let anyone put it back in (perhaps there was no one capable in the night shift, who knows?) It’s hard for Joe to sleep too when this sort of thing happens because Vernon can get pretty loud.
It should have come as no surprise, then, when Vernon got on the mat, he fell promptly to sleep, staying in one comfortable position for the better part of an hour, waking up refreshed and ready for company. Joe still looked a little dark under the eyes.
We were blessed again by the musical generosity of Susan and Chris, the couple who played for us last Thursday. This time they brought a few of their kids (ages 17, 19, 21) while Joe rallied up an audience. This was the biggest crowd yet, which was fun to see. Oh, how these patients love music. And the family was fantastic. It was so inspiring to see the kids playing and harmonizing together, really enjoying each other’s company as well as the fact they knew they were blessing all these bored and music-starved patients. Among all the Beatles standards, the daughter played a song she wrote that was so, so good. I’m definitely in the queue for the album, if it ever gets made.
Here’s a taste:
Anita, who is always humming to herself (and the flowers) was beside herself in their company. She didn’t know any Beatles songs (“They’re too young for me”, she said) but she kept requesting Elvis Presley. Here are some words of wisdom from 94 year old Anita on the Fountain of Youth.