Vernon continues to have dialysis for 3 hours a day, releasing 3 liters of fluids from his system. I understand that his kidneys may work properly again when he comes through, but he will be on regular dialysis for some time. Our bodies are amazing machines filled with incredibly efficient albeit small organs, which are tucked discreetly inside. The man-made version of the kidney is giant box, as big as a refrigerator, connected by awkward tubes through the neck. Be thankful we all don’t have to lug those around everywhere just to help us pee…the world is crowded enough!
One interesting thing that happened while I was at the hospital today is that the Physical Therapists came by for the first time. They moved Vernon’s legs a bit to getting some motion going through the joints. I’m glad he was asleep for it, this first time, as it would certainly be painful after a month of lying still…let alone because his injuries. But this is what I found so funny: when the Physical Therapist worked his broken leg, Vernon managed to react with one eye half opening. I doubt he could see anything or was even aware of what was happening, but the look of ‘stink-eye’ he seemed to direct at the PT was so awesome. Vernon in his waking best, is still often a man of few words, but a well directed eyebrow can convey much. So to see something close to this expression was great.
I’ve been learning to live in the moment, the hour, and at most, the DAY. And so little motions like this I hold dear to my heart as signs of recovery. Its been 26 days since I’ve seen my husband even move, so I’ll take what I can get. And he can take his time.
Now, one more thing I want to share…
This picture is of the plaque outside his room. At first I didn’t think it was as profound as some of the other quotes and scriptures I’ve seen outside SICU rooms. But now I think it is absolutely the best and most appropriate message for his story. The Spirit of Giving from the doctors and nurses…and YOU, his community…has certainly lifted him and us, his family, beyond what we could have imagined. Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, gifts, and help…it is changing us all for good.