Thank you Jessica, Ursula, Nancy, Quiana, Chris, Pat, and Adele. What would we do without compassionate individuals who choose to go into the care-giving field? These people have been Neil's constant companions. They clean him up, change his boots (that's for another blog entry), adjust his motionless arms and hands. They push a lot of buttons on countless IV machines, monitor same, and do some really amazing tricks with all the tubes that carry the life-saving meds to his body. Nancy even said she would shave Neil tonight! He does have quite a stubbly face. I'd ask her to cut his hair while she's at it, but Neil would not be happy with that, so we'll let it grow for now.
Dr. Fasanya comes from England. We liked him right away just for his accent, but he really won our hearts with his attentiveness and obvious concern for our son. He must live here because he comes in day and night, studies all the numbers, consults with the nurses, orders the necessary changes in medications and respiration, and is very patient with our repeated questions.
Dr. Lee is Neil's neuro surgeon. He's in and out quickly, but has taken the time to talk frankly when we've asked him to. He doesn't paint a rosy picture of Neil's future, but assures us there is room for lots of possibilities. He gives good, professional care.
We have felt from the beginning that Neil is surrounded by angels: these caring medical professionals, loving family who are sending their prayers from far and near, amazing friends who share their funny Neil stories through tears, and countless thoughful people we've never even met. And yes, even heavenly angels who are caring for him while he sleeps, and carrying us while we wait.
We're still waiting as his ICPs go up and down, but we're feeling watched over.