Not much to update today…. breathing tube is still in. They aren’t sedating him tonight, so hopefully that means some progress in the morning. Again, I would rather take another day of status quo – than regressing in any way.
I was able to get down there this evening and just sit and hold his hand for a little more than an hour. I sat and talked to him, and read a little bit – I was just there. The rhythmic sounds of the machines beeping, his ventilator “breathing”…. only occasionally disrupted by him moving around and squeezing my hand.
Shortly after I arrived, I heard a commotion in the area, a nurse calling for help in another room. One of the nurses that caught me mid-faint the other day came in laughing…. he said, “I don’t mean to be inappropriate, but I had to share. I have worked here for a while, and we rarely see visitors faint – now I’ve seen it twice in a couple days… I think you are bad luck!”
He said it completely in jest, its good to know the Russell family leaves a lasting impression. I guess I am becoming a legend among the nurses there in the ICU! 😂 I am really thankful for the staff in this area, so far they have been amazing!