Whew-whew! As of a couple of hours ago, we are able to see all of Layton’s beautiful, gentle face without tubes! OK-still a tube in his nose for the next couple of hours but his mouth and throat are free and he actually looks relaxed and peaceful. I, on the other hand, am practically giddy, seeing him look so good!
When they did the trach, they put “cameras” into his lungs so they could see what they looked like. They look good! His bed is set at 40 degrees right now, so apparently, that is a good angle for easy breathing, but not hard on the butt. The doctor just dropped by and he is happy too. I like happy doctors!!
So, while I sit here, Amanda is weeding my yard (Lauralee did some yesterday), Diane is teaching Carson’s girlfriend, Priscila, how to do some basic bookkeeping, and I think Liam and Carson are eating the massive cinnamon buns and chocolate chip cookies Jan and Bob from the bike club dropped over. Carson was concerned, “I am in this contest to lose the greatest % body fat in the family and they bring this stuff! And Liam is not here right now so I need to eat it alone!” Bummer-he has shared the treasures with good buddy, Riley, and now with Liam, but he eats it when Priscila is napping so he does not have to share with her!:) Liam was thinking that Layton will win the contest, but apparently when this sort of thing happens, you lose muscle, not body fat. He was hoping that Layton’s screws and plates would weigh a lot, but I don’t think they do. I guess who wins the contest is anyone’s guess right now!
Just before I left for Phoenix where we were to spend a week, I did a couple of facilitation sessions for some boards of directors. The neatest thing that came out of that is how when people recognized their strengths and when they brought their strengths to the organization, it was easy for them to contribute in a meaningful way and the organization got maximum benefit from their talents. They were on the “right track.” So too with the people that have been supporting us, they are supporting us in ways they know how and bring maximum value…from the medical staff to Queen Gardener Amanda and of course the powerful prayers from around North America…and Ireland, too, thanks to John and Imelda!
So, today, that is the question, “What is your ‘right track’?” What is mine? Layton’s favourite answer when people respond with “I don’t know” is “If you did know, what would it be?” We all know, we just need to listen. With so much quiet time on my hands right now, I am really going to listen. I hope, if you don’t know already, you figure out your track soon. And when you so, start to share it and if you would like, tell us on the blog or send an email. It would be pretty cool if a few people awakened to their true selves through this experience.
More after the next surgery…thank you, thank you, thank you!
UPDATE-I guess I was not clear about the “next” surgery. Layton had a GI which means he has a tube in his stomach for nourishment. It may be some time before he can eat or drink as they don’t want anything making a wrong turn and ending up in his lungs. Apparently, there are all kinds of “foods” like this and this one is special for trauma patients, with lots of protein. Leslie, who has been our night nurse for a few days now, says she has tasted it and although it looks like a rich-coloured, albeit thin, vanilla pudding, she would not recommend it through the mouth!
Layton was pretty well out of it all day Wednesday, what with all this activity. As of now, he is the “longest stay” person in this pod of the ICU. So, we think long stays have their privileges. Find out what that is in the next blog!