Jim Day 6 Wednesday

11:06 PM
Just could not get to this until now, Partly due to distractions and also just plain being too tired. Anyway.
Jim is progressing well. He is walking stronger, still using a walker - but more independently steady. Not too much pain on moving around. Eating finally, clear liquids today and will start regular foods tomorrow. Can I tell you he is happy about that. Surgeons are happy with their work.
Thinking of the stories that will come out of this - They will feature: fear, human kindness, family , courage, aggravation, mistakes, disappointment, love, generosity, friendship, and laughter. In other words - the human condition. Modern medicine today is astounding in the level of skill and capability and at the same time it is utterly infuriating - I hate feeling helpless under the control of others I am not completely sure of. Bottom line - I want to go home.
Well its good to get that out.
Can it really be day 6.
I have not left this hospital since we drove in with Jim an 5 am last Friday. If that seems over the top - you have not been in a hospital without an advocate. I learned the patient side of that when Jim sat with me in the emergency room at Coney Island Hospital last June.l
I think I will pair Jim's story here at the zenith with mine in the pits in Brooklyn. last Nice counterbalance but similar in many waysl
At least I am thinking of storytelling again.

Robin flew home to California today. It was good to have her here. Special time with all our kids. Laughter and caring. A family. All part of Jim's healing.

Thanks everybody. The album of your words is at his bedside and we feel your presence. Our people.


Cathy said...

I'm glad he is doing so well. You need to take care of yourself too. I know it's scary to think about leaving him alone but take yourself a walk, off the floor, even if just a coffee break. You need to keep recharged. It's supposed to be very sunny today. Go outside and soak in some vitamin D for a few minutes. Take care and God bless you two.

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