Well today is shaping up to be a pretty great day. Yesterday was as well. The painful pressure in Nick’s abdomen has subsided, and his appetite is coming back. He even got to eat part of a Chipotle burrito (Thanks Lori!) Seeing Nick be able to eat and sleep again is priceless. I know after a few more days of proper rest and nutrition he will start regaining some of his energy back. He is less exhausted today than yesterday. His spirits are high, and he is very grateful for every aspect of his life right now. Although this is a very shitty place to be right now, somehow we are managing to be ‘ok’ with it. Not once has he turned to self pity, or even anger. I don’t know what the seven steps of grief are, but Nick seems to have found ‘acceptance’ rather quickly. Or atleast that’s what he is portraying to me. And I’ve never known Nick to not be 100% open with me.
Physical therapy today was RAD! He hadn’t had any since Thursday, which was very painful and exhausting. Today, we got him into the wheelchair with greater ease. He was even able to hold himself sitting upright on the edge of the bed for a few seconds without us holding him. We wheeled him down the elevator and right outside to the fresh air and sunshine. What an amazing experience! We really take those simple pleasures for granted. There is no fresh air in the hospital room, no breeze, no birds chirping. He even said that it was “almost overwhelming.” On the way back to the room, he even took the wheels and rolled himself down the hall a little ways, slowly and carefully.
This morning, I got to see the long wound on his back from the spine surgery. It looks good! Lots and lots of staples down his back, but healing swiftly. The bruises along the sides of his hips and abdomen are fading and he is wanting to spend more time lying on his sides in bed. Laying on your back for weeks can really make your butt numb.
I’ve got Nicks room decorated like teenage girl’s locker. Lots of pictures of lots of friends! People walking by the door keep stopping to talk and look. It’s really fun. The pictures are a reminder of what Nick will go back to, not what he is missing right now. There’s a big sign that says “Get Busy Living.” It did say the whole quote at one point (Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying”, but Nick felt like he really WAS dying two days ago, so he asked me to remove that part.
Nick really wants to send out a message on here to everyone who has expressed their love and support for him. In the next few days, when he’s up to it, we’ll make it happen.