Today, I have many things on my mind, many things I cannot write about here. But I want to update on Vernon’s progress. He did move his thumb more today than he has for days. I know that sounds like a small thing, but they say that the thumb moving is a sure sign of cognitive connection happening. So Thumbs Up, Vernon!
The case worker is looking into new places where Vernon can be transferred to for more extensive care (like Physical Therapy along with the treatment he is already getting) I am hoping against hope it won’t be very far away. In some ways, his options have opened up as he has been off the ventilator for almost a week. Way to go, Vernon. Of course this has tired him out as he has had to work harder, but it is also showing that he is getting stronger. As they say in our ward, the more that comes OFF him, the better. They are ready to move him out soon, as they know he is at the next level of healing.
A friend of mine, Laura Glynn, left a little vial of sea glass on a string in Vernon’s room one evening. You can see it here, hung on Vernon’s “Wall Of Love.” I’ll copy the words of her attached note so you can read the meaning behind it.
This is sea glass. I call it my “treasure from the sea.” This glass was once a bottle, a jar, an art piece, a mirror, or a toy. These tossed away items are now crushed, broken, resembling nothing like they originally were. Finding their way to the beach, these pieces, now sharp fragments, are pushed by the tides, crushed by the waves, ground by the friction of one another. Through time, this crushing and grinding smoothes and makes these once-shards a thing of beauty, a treasure of the sea. Reds and blues are rare, but rarer still are these tiny ones–hard to find, yet once found, so meaningful, knowing that thy survived this crushing. They are the rare treasures. Just like us, my friend, yielding the pummeling of the storms and waves of life, yielding and becoming a thing of beauty.
I believe that Vernon’s life has already become a thing of beauty, but every day his is transformed a little more into a rare and miraculous story. His accident has even brought healing in others, though he isn’t even aware of it yet. Or maybe he is? I know he will only continue to move toward wholeness and strength…and beauty.