Day 21 – Homeward Bound

Wow, what an eventful day!  The insurance company told me to call them at 10 to see if there was a bed and a flight.  So I called them at 9:05. Anxious, you might say.  A flight, but no bed.  But, he said, that could change in five minutes or three days.  It changed within the hour!

So we are being picked up at the hospital late this afternoon and will be in Kelowna this evening.  That is so good.

Often, I have heard people say, including myself, that “I did not sleep a wink last night”  and I really did, just woke up every hour or so. Well, I spent last night with Layton and he REALLY did not sleep a wink.  The warm, moist air blowing on his neck kept him so hot he could not get comfortable.  I, on the other hand, could not get comfortable because the room was SO cold.  I had to leave and go to my room at 2:00 am.  And he has not even napped during the day.  I think he will sleep like a baby once he gets home.

Laura, our physio, got him up again this morning and his walk was at least four times as long.  She and the RT, David, decided that since he was doing so well and increasingly becoming frustrated and uncomfortable, they would do something about it.  So they hunted down Veronica, the speech therapist, someone we had been wanting to meet all week.  She did a swallow test on him (thick 2% milk with blue dye in it).  They then suction and if any blue comes up, it means that the fluid went into his lung and not his stomach.  He passed!  So, almost immediately, she got the blowing oxygen removed, put something into throat that allows him to talk, and he was away!  Thick (nectar) cranberry and apple juice, pudding and mushroom soup for lunch.  And most amazingly, the staff heard him talk for the first time. He sounds good-I think he sounds like he has a cold; he thinks he sounds like Willy Nelson!

This is big progress.  I called Carson and Liam to tell him that we would be home and they talked to their dad for a few minutes.  It was an emotional experience and Layton asked me to make the other calls to Kathy, Shauna, Janine and the Moms.

Tom and Cathy and Mike and Yvonne from Star Riders stopped in again last night to take me out for Mexican food.  They were able to visit Layton again and once more, they came bearing gifts, including fresh fruit for me-grapes and nectarines.  I am getting tired of bananas and oranges from the cafeteria.

I checked out of my hospital hotel-late but they like me so I did not have to pay for the extra day.  A spectacular service that really makes it so much easier for families of patients.

We are so happy that Layton is now talking.  Before I drifted off last night, I had decided that I would only mouth words for him today and we could see how well he could lip-read!!  I could even just make things up and really confuse him.  So glad he talks as I have still not figured out if a finger pointing up means up for the back of the bed or the foot of the bed and same for lowering the bed.  Does a finger circling rapidly through the air mean, “Put me up” or “Put me down’?  Does the suction sign (thumb and baby finger wagging in the air) mean suction the mouth, the throat, or I want some water with a straw?  But this is all behind us now.

I am thinking we will be out of ICU early next week and I think that is when Layton will be ready for visitors.  Watch the blog for more updates, but they will likely be a little slower coming.

We really can’t thank you all enough for everything that has been done for us the past three weeks.  The love, friendship and support has been beyond any expectation we could have had.  At this point, I don’t think Layton recalls much of the first two weeks or so.  Over the next while, he will be reading them and again, I am sure he will be overwhelmed by the messages of kindness and support.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

10 thoughts on “Day 21 – Homeward Bound

  1. We have been following your blogs daily Myrna and are thrilled with the progress and care Layton is getting… but now on to the next chapter ! Home or at least Kelowna again. We wish you well in travels. We wish we could be there to see you both. I know these blogs have been therapeutic but they are the life/knowledge lines for us back here. Take care.. We are thinking of you always…Linnea and Dave


    • Didn’t she do a fabulous job? Thanks so much for your support and hope we will see you if you come through this way. Sorry to hear about Denny I had hoped to see him before they moved wish them both well from us.



  2. Great news, you’re going home. Ken was really happy the bike wasn’t totalled. I bet the staff in ICU won’t forget Layton for a long while. Well heal up quick. Take care.


  3. Looking forward to seeing both of you back in Kelowna. I am back to work on Monday so I will see you then. In the meantime enjoy the time with your family and be well. God bless.


  4. Is it true? Are you really back on Canadian / Kelowna soil? What good news to hear. Glad to hear also that Layton has improved so much … talking and walking and eating … what progress.
    Myrna, when you get a moment pop over and say hello … you definately deserve a big hug!

    See you soon …



    • I know Myrna did an amazing job but I am sitting here waiting for a hug too. Let me say a half hug as I still don’t like anyone to touch my left side. I keep expecting to see you out and about but it has been quiet over there. I am awake longer each day and look forward to see you. Thanks for the support



  5. So glad to hear that you are home and both doing well! It has been quite a journey so far but the road ahead looks much smoother………nothing but good things from now on! Everyday will bring some improvement for Layton! Take care and we look forward to Laytons comments when he is able.

    Love Bev & Les


    • Apparently rolling an 800 pound bike over you is harder than the little Hondas we use to play with. Myrna told someone the other day that I had crushed everything on my left side and Liam chipped in, “I guess that makes him all right now.”

      I am getting better and just wanted to thank you for your support.



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