Sunday, February 7, 2010

Post Coma - First 24 Hours

It has been a long day/night.  I just woke up and washed up after a short rest this morning back at the hotel. Called to the bullpen around 7:00 am when my mom came to the hospital to relieve me.  Elana was awoken from the coma and extubated about noon time yesterday.  She was responding to commands and definitely recognized everyone around including the names of friends and family.  The first smile came to her face when I mentioned Jesse's name.  However, she is still suffering from the Ketamine hallucinations and the effects of withdrawal of the opioids (Vicadin, Morphine & Oxycontin) she was taking before the Coma.  She is very restless and get can't get comfortable.  We still have to keep her arms and legs tied down to prevent her from hurting herself or damaging the central line. On top of that her throat is incredible sore from all the tubes during the week so she can't really talk except for a few raspy whispered words that after about thirty times I can barely understand and really don't make any sense.

I am hopeful that she will do a little better today.  Time to go back to the hospital.  Will try to give another update tomorrow.  Onward.......

20 comments:

  1. Thank you. Keep going Lance, you're awesome. There aren't enough positive adjectives in webster's to describe you. Love you. Love Elana. Love your mom.

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  2. Onward and upward! She is awake that is step 1. she recognized you and smiled at Jesse's name, that is step 2. Step 3 will come. The week ahead will be tough, but we are in it together. Thank you again for being there for my friend.

    XXOO
    Dabee

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  3. thank g-d she is awake - i have been following her progress and praying for her. i am alexis frischs sister vanessa. lance you are such a wonderful person and husband. she is lucky to have you

    vanessa goldstein

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  4. So glad to hear she's awake. Fantastic news. Hang in there - better days ahead! Love, the Ratzans

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  5. I just became aware of your family situation yesterday. I am a person who has suffered with cronic pain for the past few years although my pain is nothing compared to what your beautiful wife is going through. Bless her heart.

    My thoughts and prayers are with both of you and all your family. Please keep everyone up to date on her progress, we are very concerned and wish nothing but the best for you.

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  6. So glad to read this most recent update. I kept looking at my email expecting something posted there or a call from your mom. I hope you got the opportunity to read my email to you about "Jesse happenings" so you can tell Elana all the funny things he says. You two have produced a magnificent child and seeing how you are handling this nightmarish journey & the strength that Elana has displayed it is evident where he gets it from.
    Thank you for being the best care taker possible of my precious daughter, Elana. I am with you there heart and soul!
    Love,
    Oma

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  7. Lance,
    Good news, good news. Hang in there and keep going in the right direction. We are thinking of you both all the time and anxious to get you two home....
    Love,
    Scooter and Inz

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  8. Please tell E that Hil-Bill said hi and I love her.
    Thank you for your blog. You are so strong..think about you all the time.

    I talked to Jesse today (well every day), but today I asked him, "Where does Oma live?" He said "Rhode Island." "Where does Auntie live?" He said,"New York. " Where does Jesse live? "In Florida." "Where is Mommy and Daddy? "In Mexico." I can not believe how smart my little munchkin is.

    Did you here what he said to your dad? Larry slept over your house the other night and after he came back from temple, he took a nap. Jesse went into the room and played with him for a little bit and went to leave. When he left he said, "Poppy (spelling?) , "Would you like the door closed or left open?" Can you believe he asked that? Some adults aren't even that polite!!!!

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  9. Hang in there. You sound like an amazing husband for your amazing wife. I continue to be inspired by your story. Stay strong!

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  10. So glad that the coma part is over. Thanks again Lance for keeping us informed - as if you don't have enough to do right now!

    KP

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  11. God bless you and your family. I know what it is like to watch your spouse suffer from pain you cannot alleviate, but I cannot imagine what you and your wife have been through. Again, God bless you all.

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  12. It is wonderful to know that Elana is awake and is responding to you and of course the mention of Jesse. We are thinking of both of you all the time and hope that each day will be better and better. It is comforting to know Abby is there with you. Our love to all of you...continue to stay strong.
    Marcia

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  13. Keepm the faith and best wishes! Jay --

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  14. Lance - you are heart and soul mate for Elana - a true and amazing adversary of her affliction; together you will rid yourselves of this travail and prevail! We all feel the grief but can only be inspired by your journey! You are an MVP -
    MJ

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  15. Lance, I'm sure Elana's smile was a magical thing to see after this past week. Keep it up, brother. As a Saint, Drew Brees has nothing on you. Looking forward to more reports on progress and hopefully more smiles. Love, Jake

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  16. hey lance-
    thinking of you and waiting for your next post. hope everything is going as good as could be expected! you are truly an amazing and strong person! elana is very lucky to have you!
    let me know if you want us to go play with jesse on saturday. we are around!
    love-
    alexis

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  17. Lance & Elana -
    As a friend of a friend, I have been following your amazing journey this week and praying for all of you. It is evident through this blog that you have an incredible group of friends and family supporting you, but please know that there are also perfect strangers who are lifting you up in prayer as well. I feel very sure that this week of treatment will be something that the two of you look back on as a kind of miraculous glimpse of humanity. I wish you well as you bring Elana home and begin to remember what life was before this awful disease.

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  18. The end of the beginning ---- Its heading in a good path. We are glad to her the news. Hang in there!!
    Vivian

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  19. Lance ~ I have read this whole profile page and it breaks my heart to see this happening to anyone let alone my cousin Eelana. She has such strength and I know she will get through this but I keep you and Jessie in my prayers as well as Eelana, Hilary and Sharon...I hope all goes well and she will be better soon!!!!!!

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