Hi everyone! It's Loret. Had to get new email address after my computer was hijacked last week. Lost all the email, old and new. Pirates confiscated my address book and used it to send email with virus attached as if it was from me. Wasn't!
Several things I have wanted to tell you about all Summer, but got interrupted by the critical illness of my exhusband and father of my 4 sons.
He developed Encephalitis from the virus that causes Shingles, Herpes Zoster. It infected the brain and shut down everything in the course of about 24 hours. For 30 days he was totally unresponsive, could not even react to pain inflicted, like a pinch. Then one afternoon, late in August, one of our grandaughters visited him in the ICU, touched his hand and said "Hi, Grampa" and he opened his eyes!! She said it scared her, but she talked to him, he couldn't answer her, and then shut his eyes again.
Over the next 2 weeks, he gradually became more alert, could respond by shaking his head yes or no. The Head Neurologist told us he felt it was unlikley he could ever come back much further, he had been "gone" for too long. That was on a Tues. On Weds, the doctors decided his vital signs were stable enough to transfer him from University Hospital to our local hospital the next day. He arrived here at 9:00 that evening, and my oldest son and his wife and I wqent to see him and join our son, Dr. Doug. We heard talking as we approached his room, and saw it was Doug and his Dad, talking! It was like a switch had just been turned on! None of the doctors could explain how or why he was suddenly able to converse, when 2 days before they were telling my sons they were going to have to make a decision about finding a long-term care facility. It has been an incredible recovery, and he is going to go to his home for a trial home visit, with OT to assess what things may need to be adapted for him. He is presently walking with a walker, but insists that is just temporary.
My sons were all at the hospital every day, alternating for their work schedules, along with their wives. My oldest son and his wife would pick me up to go with them for the hour or so trip couple times a week. Seeing this man, who was my mate for 29 years, being totally unresponsive, was very disturbing and stressful for all of us. I was the anchor for the boys, as they had to face the possiblity of disconnecting the ventilator, placing their dad in Hospice care, or letting nature take its course, no matter what. They all consulted me and discussed what dad would want. We knew he would never want to be the way he was.
But something allowed the doctors to hang on and keep treating him instead of giving up, and slowly he showed potential comeback. Many term it nothing less than a very real miracle. Three different churches in our family were all praying for him. The Lord must have been bombarded with petitions to help him, and so he is well. The doctors say there is no explanation for his recovery, but they are studying his case, as it is very rare.
I have another situation to tell you about, but will be enough for tonight.
I need to get caught up on the past week's blogs, just have prayed all have been no worse, and hopefully, with less pain. Much love to all, Loret aka Lorann