“You’ve got your husband back!” were the first words out when I made my 5:00 am call to ICU. Leslie, the night nurse, described that although Layton did not have a particularly restful night, his pain was under control and he knew everything that was going on. All his bodily functions are working full tilt!
As I rolled over to go back to sleep, my brain was racing, “Tea, why, tea, why, tea, why!” I woke enough to ask myself, “Tea, why?” Oh, “TY, TY, TY.” Got it…”Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!”
When we got to the room this morning, Jeff Keddington, Star Riders 305 President, was already here visiting Layton. Jeff talked and Layton responded with notes. He thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
So far, his other notes today have reminded me how thirsty he is so we negotiated, a small sponge full every half hour, up from every hour. Tomorrow, I will work on every fifteen minutes! I also asked him if I could brush his hair for the first time in thirteen days. No problem, except then he wrote a note to remind me that was not a HAIR BRUSH, it was a BALL SCRATCHER. I reminded him the new marketing name was SCROTUM SCRATCHER. Maybe we can get a job doing commercials for it, sitting together like that nice couple that recommends the Extendz pills. Watch for the YouTube release in a few weeks!
3:00 pm This is how I had envisioned my time in the hospital with Layton. He is resting peacefully in his bed, having sat in a chair and stood and walked five steps today. I am sitting beside him, having just read aloud the first few five essays in Emmet Fox’s “Find and Use Your Inner Power”, first published in 1937. As he rests, I am reading “Eat, Pray, Love”, listening to lovely meditative music and sipping a cherished cup, albeit styrofoam, of my favourite cinnamon tea. Mom sits in the background, knitting a scarf for my sister, Val. How blessed we are to have this time together.
He is still on a pretty high rate of feed of oxygen (note my layman’s explanation). Until that changes, no eating, drinking, or talking. I am learning more hand signals…but as I explained to Layton, I am an auditory person, not a visual one, so I am a slow learner.
Tonight, Holly from Circle’s Edge is coming to get Mom and I and we are going to dinner at Bavaria where Ed and I went a week ago. It will be a nice relaxing time while we can’t be on the ward with Layton.
I find it fascinating how the world just keeps moving, a couple of weeks ago, I think we were somewhat convinced that it could not move without us. It does. Why has it taken me so long to really know this? Rather than belabour the past, this will be a good reminder that I CAN step back from the outside life and have much satisfaction and pleasure. Friends, I would ask that you remind me of this.