an update on John Skeffington!!!

I have copied this word for word. I can't hardly see the screen for the tears. madgardener
Friday October 14th, 2005 sent 12:43 a.m. 10/15/05
"What a wonderful day!!! When I went in at 8 this morning John smiled at me and said hi.. Later in the day he wanted to give me a kiss and then another. The nurse asked if maybe I could get him to drink an orange medication that was the consistency of cough syrup. I put a straw in the cup and he sucked up half of it before he realized how awful it tasted. I tried to get him to take more but he said "Tastes terrible, Barb." That was the first time he had said my name since Monday.
After his bath I was able to get him to take some more of it and followed it with some water. Mind you, on Thursday, he didn't open his eyes, drink or eat anything and they could not get him to take any pills. As the day progressed today, John became more aware, expressive, talkative, able to move himself into different positions for comfort. Shortly after noon I asked the aides if they could get him out of bed and into a chair for awhile because he seemed so uncomfortable in bed. I assured them that either I or a friend would be sitting with him.
At 4:30 I picked up Snippet, had her pee on the hospital lawn, and then smuggled her in. A tote bag worked great. I put her on his chest and he beamed from ear to ear and said "How's my puppy. Little Snippet". Of course she gave him some kisses! And finally he said "She smells like a puppy." After about 15 or 20 minutes I told the aide (who knew I was going to bring in Snippet) that John would need to go back into bed because I would not be there to watch him while I went home. He had been sitting in the chair almost 5 hours!! She reported that he then asked to stand for awhile and then just sit in another chair. So they had just gotten him in bed when I returned.
Shortly thereafter John's only surviving sister and her two daughters arrived. He recognized all three and called them by name. He tried to add a few words to the conversation every so often between short naps
All the prayers and the 2 medications helped get him get part way out of the light coma he was in. I had a day that we did not expect to have. It gave a glimmer of hope that maybe we will have some more time together. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
I have company in the house and Snippet is in one arm. Typing one handed is not easy. I will say goodnight. Thank you for caring and all your kind thoughts and prayers. Barb"
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It was a good day.
        Bill
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