Sunday, January 22, 2012

Update and Thanks

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to each of you who sent get well wishes to my friend John. It meant much more to him than you might suppose.  As I said, he is alone and unused to people (other than his daughter) showing care.  When I had read him all the messages, he murmured, "Beautiful." And then he added, "You've all brought some life into my life." (Ponder well what that means and how very important it is!)  That was about the first  full sentence he has spoken during this long and miserable convalescence.  

He's on solid foods as of yesterday, finger foods because his hands, stiff from one of his medications, don't work well enough to handle a spoon or fork.  He still cannot sit up without support, and has developed clots in his legs which cause considerable pain.  He's on meds to dissolve them.

He is aware now of the call button and keeps track of where it is.  (This is the first time he has ever been in a hospital.)

His face is less stiff today; it has expression again, so he can frown and smile.  He smiled the whole time I was reading your messages.

He will be in the hospital another week, so I'm hoping to get messages from still more people, anyone and everyone who reads this. Don't be shy because you don't know John; that very fact makes it all the more touching for him.

Thanks again!