Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Monday, April 6, 2009

Welcome to PCU!

Yeah! We busted out of ICU today and moved into the Progressive Care Unit, Room 25. It's a nice room, maybe not all that different for Eric, but for Bob and I, there's a nice couch that pulls out into a bed we can both sleep on. There's a bathroom/shower right here in the room, no more trekking out of the waiting room, down the hall, and into the public restroom. No more Ronald McDonald house, either, that's for ICU parents only. The nursing care here won't be quite as intense, and there will hopefully be more emphasis on physical therapy/rehab/nutrition/ventilator weaning. We're feeling very hopeful and optimistic about this new phase of Eric's recovery.

One major disappointment . . . Eric wanted only one thing today. Lemonade. During morning rounds, Dr. Kennedy said yes, but occupational therapy had to do it with him. I guess there's some learning involved with swallowing with a trach. Anyway, OT never showed up. The lemonade sits on the window sill, waiting. Hopefully tomorrow.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the Day
This is the Day
That the Lord has made!!
Terrific news!
So happy to hear Eric is out of ICU!
Keep up the hard work, Eric!
Anne
PS Tom says hi to y'all too

Anonymous said...

Thank You Jesus. You're so good to Eric.

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie and Family, I've continued to read your posts with tears and loads of smiles of joy and gratitude for all the progress Eric is making. Unfortunately, once the healing begins, it never seems to go fast enough for the patient--so hard for Eric to be sure. Just like when he was a little boy, though, so many baby steps are needed before he will start running again. Now that he is out of ICU, it is even more important that he has the watchful eyes and hands of his parents. Don't be afraid to go after the folks who are supposed to be doing things for him. They often get side-tracked with other urgent matters, but with gentle, persistent persuasion will get all the wheels in motion as needed. Personal experience has taught me this lesson. Hopefully, tomorrow that glass of lemonade will be refreshed and consumed by a very, happy Eric. Until then, thank you, Lord, for the baby steps that you have shown Eric. Grant him the patience to hang in there when things seem to bog down; we know your healing hands are at work. Blessings in Christ to all of you, Willa

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD !!!!

CristenCarson said...

Hi Eric,
Greetings from the 'Burgh!
I know that your Dad reads to you often and I was wondering if you happened to read the Yahoo News article entitled, "Cosmic Hand Reaches for the Light?" I think you'd find it interesting. As soon as I saw the photo attached to the article, I thought of you and God. The article states that "the scene" of the hand is created by light that is actually 17,000 light years away, however, the light we see now is how "the scene" looked 17,000 years ago.... confusing but very interesting.
I think the article is just one instance of the magnitude of God's works and the amazing things that He is capable of.
You, too, are one of God's miracles. I know that you will continue to work hard to recover,all the while regaining your health and strength with God's helping "hand"...Before you know it, you'll be sqeezing lemons to make your own lemonade whenever you want it!
From the moment I started reading your story, I've been touched by your bravery and anticipate good news each day. I admire you and am glad to have met you...even if only via email.
You are in my prayers daily....actually multiple times a day :)
Cristen Carson

Anonymous said...

right on!!!

Anonymous said...

Great news Angie...We are so happy for Eric and hope he gets that lemonade today! We continue praying for his recovery and for your peace of mind...you're always in our thoughts and prayers....Tracey

Anonymous said...

What great news!! So glad that you are in PCU and both of you can rest comfortably in Eric's room. I hope the Lemonade fairy appears today to give Eric his treat. I agree that gentle persuasion will go a long way in getting things for Eric. My prayers are being answered for all of you. I am anxious to hear the next hurdle that Eric has passed. Thanks for keeping us informed. As always, all of you are in my prayers.

Love, bev

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am so glad to read that Eric is doing so much better! I have been reading your blogs for the past month and saying a prayer each day for your entire family. I doubt you know me, but I work out at the gym in MB and am friends with Heather Arabie. By the way, my name is Aimee. I hope y'all have a great day!

Aimee Allen

Anonymous said...

Eric,

I want you to know how much your story has impacted my life, yet I've never even met you. Every morning before I go to school and when I get home, I check your mom's updates. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.... God is SO awesome, he is always faithful!! I'm so glad to hear that you are doing better, keep up the hard work :)

Amber Franklin

Mindy Blanchard said...

Woohoo! Moving is good. Way to go!! Lemonade tomorrow sounds great and worth the wait!!!!! Hugs!!