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DiL off the ventilator and asking for ice cream

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They took DiL off the ventilator today, and he's breathing well on his own. A world of hurray. He's awake and responsive--although a bit disoriented--and stubborn as all get out. He keeps pulling off the oxygen mask and trying to talk, although he shouldn't because of how raw his throat is, and everything he says is a variant of "leave now" and "I want to go home." He's also asking for ice cream, but he's not allowed to eat until tomorrow because anything he'd swallow right now would aspirate into his lungs.

I wish we could give him some ice cream. And God, I wish we could take him home. When the nurse, MiL, and fosteronfilm and I told him he was too weak to get out of bed, much less stand and walk out, he said he'd crawl out of the hospital if he had to. I'd feel the same way in his place.

Although his heart, lungs, and kidney are ailing, my DiL's a stubborn man, and his will is strong as a rocky iron strong thingy. It's heartbreaking trying to get him to stay still. And the nurses are looking rather peaked around the eyes already. One of them has already threatened to put him in restraints if he keeps trying to pull himself out of bed.
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On July 7th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC), cat_whisperer commented:
I'm so happy to hear he's at least breathing on his own!
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On July 7th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC), jaylake commented:
Arg. Good thoughts to you all and him.
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On July 7th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC), ecmyers commented:
What a relief. I hope he continues to improve! Best wishes to all of you.
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On July 7th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC), scyllacat commented:
yes! leave now! I like to think I would be the same way, but I do sympathize with the nursing staff...

pass a hug to fosteronfilm for me?
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On July 7th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Yay for coming off the ventilator!! Here's hoping for a quick and painless recovery, much ice cream in the near future, and the sanity of the nursing staff. :hugs: I'm so pleased for you!
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On July 7th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC), neo_prodigy commented:
I certainly will continue to keep DiL in my prayers.
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On July 8th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC), whirl_twirl commented:
That is good news to hear. :) Best of luck to you guys and the nursing staff keeping everyone's sanity.
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On July 8th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC), basletum commented:
Glad to hear he's off the ventilator.
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On July 8th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC), markdeniz commented:
Great to hear that he's up and asking for ice-cream at least, it seems I've missed a few posts as I wasn't aware he was back in the hospital.

*big hugs all round*
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On July 9th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Just catching up with LJ after what I thought was a rough week, nothing compared to what's been happening at Casa Foster. I am so very happy that DiL is doing better. My thoughts are with you all and I'm sending out cosmic murmurs as well for good dharma and karma.
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On July 10th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC), miafedup commented:
Much love, prayers and healing to you all.
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On July 10th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC), gillpolack commented:
Ditto all the supportive thoughts - may he be able to eat ice-cream soon!
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