Monday, August 29, 2005

Active day, Gracie got to visit mommy

Denise had no sedative at all today, and was very active. She ran the daytime nurse ragged in the morning. They had her in the cardiac chair again (Denise, not the nurse), and she tried her best to stand up in it, pushing against the foot plate. During the time I was home for dinner, she tried pulling herself out of bed, so they had to strap her down. She has a belt around her torso and cuffs on her wrists with tie-downs attached (she can't stay away from that pesky breathing hose into her throat).
We got permission to take Gracie into Denise's room this afternoon. She wore her custom-built nurse's cap, brought her toy doctor kit, and behaved with a great deal of maturity. Denise was pretty tired, but lit up when she saw Gracie (Gracie lit up, too). We were able to let Gracie sit on the bed, where she stroked Denise, listened to her heart, pretended to give her an injection, looked at books with mommy, and even got to snack on cookies & juice that one of the stafflings brought in. Quite a few nurses came in to watch the reunion. I took video of the visit, and Gracie & Jacob wanted to watch it over & over at home. Truly one of the best days we've had in the last six weeks. The rules at the hospital CCU say that nobody under 10 years old can come in. Many thanks to the nurses that magically turned the rules into mere suggestions for us today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gracies visit was probably one of the best things that they could have done for Denise at this point. This brought tears to my eyes that managed to stay hidden until now. Blessings on those nurses, and whoever brought the juice and cookies.

August 30, 2005 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited for Denise and Grace. It touched my heart to read this news. I sat and cried. You have a special little girl. She may have found her calling, being a nurse. I am glad things are looking good. I pray for healing and strength. This must be extremely difficult. Talk with you soon. By the way Mike just made Detective yesterday. I am very proud of him. He had me pin his badge on him at the ceremony. I felt honored.

August 31, 2005 8:34 AM  

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