Sunday, April 15, 2007
Latest Grandpa Sighting
After my last update, I wasn't very optimistic. In fact, I first thought that I would be able to add to the previous post for a few days and everything would be ok. I gave in after a few updates. I'm not saying that pessimism and lack of faith were part of me at that time but I was ready for the worst.
Before the weekend, they took out his ventilator again in an attempt to get him breathing on his own. And sometime this morning he fell out of bed. The last part, I didn't know about before we went to see him today. I asked the desk if he was in the same ICU room and the lady shook her head and gave me another room number. I gave her a quick 'thumbs-up' and left smiling. That had to be good news, right? So we get up to the room (after passing by it on accident) and the bed was empty...
Grandma and Shawna (my aunt) were on the other side of the room talking. I looked to my left and there was Grandpa with a nurse. He was sitting in a chair, looking at the dumbfounded people that just walked in. I retrieved my jaw off the floor and joined him by his side, giving him a slight hug. He turned to me as if little had happened and said, "Hi Mort." (I never really understood why he started calling me that as a child but figure that it's to separate me from my dad and just continued on.) We talked for awhile and visited until some friends of his from Idaho came to visit.
Essentially, his hearing is worse than it has been. Hearing aids will not help. But, if he focuses, he can understand you. I welled up seeing him like that and the shock on my face was evident to Grandma, Shawna and Kerry. He was laughing like normal and my worst fears were dismissed. They will continue watching him but things are looking better. Thank you for any and all your thoughts and prayers.