Today marks one month since Jackie was the victim of a senseless act of violence. One random moment that has changed so many lives. I refuse to let the anger win. I cannot even comprehend how one human being can do this to another. We simply move forward thinking positively, praying and providing the best care that we can for Jackie. His strength and determination will get him to the finish line.
We played soft music last night and dimmed the lights. Jackie slept for about 3 hours while I was with him. When Jim started his shift at 2:30am Jackie slept for another half hour and stayed awake until I returned at 7:30am. When I walked into the room and saw the football on the bed, I figured the boys were busy.
When I was with Jackie by myself this morning, I started to figure out things he was trying to tell me. He lifted his head off the pillow and I asked him if he wanted his head raised on the bed, he gave me the thumbs up. Once he learns how to verbalize through the speaking valve it will be easier for him to communicate and I think he will be less frustrated. Can’t imagine how it must feel to be trapped in a body that is struggling with just basic functions.
Jackie was already out in his chair for two hours and is back in bed. He didn’t seem as comfortable as he usually does in his chair. His head was sweating under his hard foam helmet. Any time he is out of bed, the helmet has to be on.
At this point he is tolerating his nutrition. We just bumped him up to a higher level. I plan to speak with the nutritionist tomorrow to review and confirm the goal.
We have had a steady stream of visitors today, thus the late post. Lindsay and Florent headed back home. I could tell Jackie was sad when they left. We plan to stay connected through FaceTime or simply by putting them on speaker phone.
Thanks for your continued positive thoughts and prayers. I’ll post again tonight.