This morning when I came in, the nurse meet me in the hall and said, "It's day 6. Day 6 is better than day 1."
I suppose that is true.
Obvious Medical Facts I've Been Given Over and Over:
- The pain is caused by blood in the spinal fluid
- The pain is very hard to control
- It takes time for the blood to be absorbed back into the body
Thus making Day 6 -- better than Day 1.
Day 5, however, was a bitch.
Yesterday, after what has felt like a million hours of EXCRUCIATING pain, they decided to do a spinal tap.
Removing some of the bloody fluid causes pain reduction in SOME people SOME of the time.
It didn't work.
My heart threatened to fail.
They decided to try "one more med" - something that starts with a T and is often used for kidney stones...because that's about as clearly as I hear things these days.
Within an hour, his pain was a 3. He opened his eyes for the first time in days. He spoke.
He ordered blueberry pancakes, bacon, french fries, whole milk, root beer, a strawberry protein shake, and a cinnamon roll for dinner. And ate most of it.
It felt like a miracle.
When I arrived this morning, he was dressed and sitting in a chair. His pain was a 9.
Another obvious medical fact,
On a pain scale of 1 - 10, a 9 is not as good as a 3, but way better than a 12.
The doctors continue to hold that Billy's healing is taking a predictable path.
His brain is healing.
It needs more time.
His pain will continue to go up and down, but the numbers should be lower.
He should make a full recovery, have no permanent brain damage...
And...most importantly...and not as obvious to me...
The chances of a benign subarachnoid hemorrhage happening again, are low.
This morning, Billy called and asked if I were coming to the hospital.
30 minutes later, I received this text...
a;sdhfe feihwhoehhfoe fowhfeh
Thinking that he may need me to bring him something, I called him.
Me, "I didn't understand your text. Did you need something?"
Billy, "No. I was just texting you to see if you were coming up."
I forward the text to my sister.
She responds, "Did he butt text you?"
THE DOCTOR SAYS HE ISN'T LIKELY TO HAVE ANY LONG TERM BRAIN DAMAGE.
Thought: I should make a bitstrip cartoon about this.
THE DOCTOR SAYS I AM NOT LIKELY TO HAVE ANY LONG TERM BRAIN DAMAGE.
Billy requested that I go get him some BenGay for his neck. He has symptoms (stiffness) similar to meningitis. BenGay doesn't help per say, but the smell does distract him.
When I stopped at Walgreens to pick it up, I also grabbed a giant candy cane. Because he likes those.
Me, "I got you a present." (Hand him the Candy Cane)
B, turning a little pale, "Is it Christmas now?"
Strength is rising,