Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 6 Of Recovery

We finally made it to Waco! Never thought I would be happy about that. They shipped him out about 5:30 and we are pretty well settled in tonight. Decent room, and at least they were able to bring him some dinner. And I have wireless internet, woohoo!

Had a decent day today in Temple. He was able to get up out of bed twice today, even though it wore him out. But he was able to get into the chair on the first try each time, and no one dropped him, so that is good! It's always funny to see a 5'2 nurse, who weighs about 115 pounds try to pull him up! I need a video camera for those moments. Hope he gets a good nights sleep tonight, because tomorrow things will heat up. He has very tough days ahead of him, but I know he's going to hang in there and do great. Sometimes his spirits lag a little, but then I read him some of the posts and encouraging notes and he gets back in the groove.

Once again we had the litany of doctors come in, but unfortunately they still don't know exactly what triggered it, but they are not giving up yet. Hopefully we are out of the danger zone, and now it's on to just getting back what is temporarily missing. I have learned some valuable lessons today, some of which many of you are painfully aware of. "Moving" in hospital time goes at a pace even a tortoise would laugh at; it's nice to know the back hallways of the hospital, since I have to park in BFE every time, and can slink through the side halls to get to the room faster; never take driving directions from an ambulance driver (I took a lovely 20 minute scenic tour through North Waco, which I have to admit, is not worth a 20 minute scenic tour); and when you haven't showered and put make-up on, getting on an elevator with all mirrors is an unpleasant experience, especially when you are on it 4 times.

We haven't been able to talk to anyone about his schedule yet, so I will try to post visiting hours tomorrow. I do think it would be better for visitors to wait until Friday. I think he will be busy Thursday trying to get oriented and I know they will be evaluating him a lot of the day. But I do know he will want to see his friends and family! So I will let everyone know when they can come see him. I do know that he would love to have some cards (or at least I want him to have some cards:). He has lots of space in his room to fill up, so for those of you wanting to reach out to him, he would love to have those. He is in room 3367 in the Center for Rehabilitative Medicine in Waco, at the Herring Campus. The address is 3000 Herring Avenue, Waco, TX, 76708.

I have been writing this blog on my own, and after three days I finally asked him if he had anything to contribute (I'm sure I will hear about that later). Jon wants me to say that he really appreciates everybody and is overwhelmed with all of the support. You have no idea how much strength he gains from each and every one of you. So once again, and I know you will get tired of hearing it, but we just are so blessed to have all of you in our lives. I can't imagine going through this without the support that we have. It's truly a special feeling knowing we both have so many people pushing for us and offering us both hope and strength.

I will try to post again tomorrow night. For now, it's lights out.

Thanks again to everyone for the well wishes.


  1. Jon,
    Welcome to my hometown! Still praying for you and the family. Hope to see you soon and catch up on a few things. Take care.


  2. Hey:

    So glad you got into your new room. I'm sure they are going to be tough on you, Jon, and you'll have to work like crazy to do things the way they want you to do them. But, we know you can do it. I've never known you to back down from a challenge and you have always come through with flying colors.

    Smile for the day: Remember when you and I met in the hallway and down near your office was a pile of doo-doo? We looked at each other like, "what the heck?!" It was almost a "Tommy boy" experience in which one of us could have said, "What'd you do?" I, of course, cleaned it up. Did we ever find out whose dog was up there?

    Brenda: You will find joy in having 30 minutes to yourself--I hope you'll have many 30 minutes throughout the day to give you much needed relief and rest.

    Prayers are flowing. Mark sends his best.


  3. Hey Jon,
    Sounds like you are making great progress. If wealth is measured by friendship, you are the richest man I know. Brenda, thanks so much for the helps us all to be able to keep up with y'all. Jon, keep up the good work and know that you are constantly on all our minds and in all our prayers. Win each day, one day at a time! God bless you and your family.
    Mickey Kerr