September 01, 2008

Labor Day

After a big family Labor Day bash at my sister's house, Jay and I went to the hospital this evening. Christian was extubated today (I think that is the correct term... had the tubes removed from this mouth), so that means he can talk! He is not very lucid because of all the medication (they assured us it would wear off), but it's just so good to hear his voice and know that he is going to be OK.

It's kind of funny because he is so "out-of-it." It is sort of like he is drunk (which he never has been in his life)... his speech of kind of slurred (not to mention the fact that this lips and mouth are extremely dry which only makes it harder to talk) and the things that come out of his mouth are quite funny.

A couple of times he talked to an imaginary "Officer Hall" and thanked him for this service to his country. (The nurse said that just before we arrived Christian had been accusing everyone of stealing his dishwasher.) He said he needed to borrow someone's cell phone. I told him my battery was dead, but maybe tomorrow. Later he said he had some keys and he needed me to lock up some things for him. I pretended to take the keys and lock something, and he thanked me. I wanted to, but I didn't laugh.

It reminded me of when Christian was a little boy. He was a sleep-walker.... and talker! He would walk around the house and say strange things, and try to go outside. We would just laugh and my dad would lead him back to bed. Tonight was like that.

In between the goofy-ness, he asked us several times to take him to Mom's house. When we gently told him that we would do that soon, but not just yet, he asked to go to our house, and then he would say, "OK, let's go! I'm ready! Let's go!" and he would try to get up. When I assured him we would go there later, he said, "I need a safe place to go." I finally said, "OK, let's go," and pretended that we were going, and then said, "OK. Here we are, it's nice and safe here and these people are going to take good care of you." He asked me not to leave and I said I would stay.

A couple of times he asked Jay if he had anything to say. Jay mentioned sports and the party we had just come from, which seemed to kind of get a laugh from Christian.

When he got really agitated, I asked Christian if he would like me to sing him a song. He nodded vigorously, so I asked him if he would like to choose a song, but he didn't respond. Jay suggested a Def Leppard song, but since I don't know any (:P) I sang him a couple of hymns. I didn't know what his favorites are, so I sang two of my favorites.... "I Need Thee Every Hour," and "I Stand All Amazed." He was calm and seemed to appreciate it.

Finally, I told him it was time to go to sleep and that we were going to leave, but that Jay would be stopping by to visit him during his lunch hour tomorrow since his office is just a few minutes away. He seemed very appreciative and kept saying, "Oh, thank you so much." I was about to say, "I love you Christian," when he beat me to the punch. That didn't stop me from saying it though. It made me sad to think that I don't ever remember telling him that to his face before in my life.

I am going to make sure I say it more often to all of my siblings.


  1. Thank you for the update (and for making me laugh/smile).

  2. I love to hear you sing. I can only imagine what it did for him.


  3. I am so happy to hear that he making so much progress. It's nice to hear good news. He has such a great family to fall back on for support!

  4. What a blessing to be able to hear his voice again. We are so glad to be able to keep posted thru your blog. Love to all your family. You are ALL in our hearts and prayers.

  5. Thanks for the update on Christian. What a wonderful feeling to hear him talk...even if most of it was "goofy"! He is so lucky to have a family like yours!

  6. Thank you for posting updates on Christian and Stephanie. I don't know them or any of your family, but have been praying for you all and thinking of them often.

  7. Wendi3:31 PM

    Thank you so much for keeping us updated on Christian. I have been reading Stephanie's blog since 2005 and we have written a few emails back and forth. I am sure the days ahead will be difficult for Christian and he will need our continued prayers. God bless....

  8. Alice,
    Thank you so much for keeping us posted on whats going on with C&S I know this is a very difficult time for all of you. This post put a smile on my face. Thanks again and please know you are all still in our prayers.


  9. Alice, thank you so much for keeping all us strangers up to date on their progress.

    The Lord surely is blessing each of you immensely. It is good that you are able to be so close and help him feel safe.

    We are keeping all of you in our prayers and hope daily things will turn out right.

  10. Anonymous4:58 PM

    What a bittersweet story. I am so happy to hear that Christian has been extubated and is able to talk! How refreshing it must be to be able to chuckle at the things he says! It will be fun to replay this conversation to him when he is more "with it".

  11. I,too,was thinking about how fun it will be to replay that conversation when he is more "with" it. I still tease Matt about some of the things he told me when he was in the hospital a few years ago.

  12. This post brought tears to my eyes. I never say I love you to my sisters either. Thank you for reminding me how important this is.

    Oh, and by the way, I sure do love you Alice!


Please feel free to leave comments that are appropriate and friendly.