Sharon is now out of the ICU and in the “Stroke Unit” at Gulf Coast. When I arrived there today, they had her sitting in a chair next to the bed. I brought her favorite hand lotion, her tube of Carmex lip balm and a laptop computer. She was especially happy about the carmex! She was able to use her left hand to apply it to her lips herself.
I had prepared a laptop for her, specially set up with her favorite praise and worship music. She seemed to really enjoy having the music playing in her room, but as I was leaving, she decided that she wanted it turned off for now.
At one point, as I was sitting next to her, she reached out her left hand and caressed my face. This brought both of us to tears – tears of love and joy!
Later, a nurse that was in the room blew Sharon a kiss and told her, “Blow me a kiss.” Sharon then turned to me and puckered her lips, wanting me to kiss her. After I kissed her, Sharon turned back to the nurse and blew her a kiss, although it was a “Whatever” kind of gesture, with a bit of sarcastic humor there!
We’re looking at maybe three days in the stroke unit, then (pending insurance approval) she will be moved to the Rehab Hospital at Lee Memorial in Fort Myers. There, she’ll have three hours of intensive rehab each day. (Four 45-minute sessions, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.)
Where things go after that… we’ll have to wait and see how she does. In any case, she’s going to need lots of ongoing care.