Fred was in and out of bed a lot on Thursday night and kept the nurses very busy, so he was sleeping soundly by the time we got in on Friday morning. I was thinking Friday was going to be a long day sitting around in his room with not much happening, but there were plenty of doctors and therapists coming and going and working with Fred.
We were told that he should be transferred to Craig on Monday to begin his rehad, and a couple of the doctors and the head nurse all came over and met with us and we got a very good feeling from them and are really looking forward to him being there. The rehab process at Craig will probably be about 4-6 weeks long, but they have apartments right next to the hospital that I can stay in.
Fred had a phone conversation with a friend back in Durango and he and I talked about Kalyn. He misses her and was talking about her in the same tone of voice that he uses when he talks to her. He has started to say thank you and be more aware of when you do something nice for him. He is also aware that as he puts it "this sucks."
By Friday afternoon, he had done a lot and a bad headache came on. He hadn't had any pain medication all day, and all the activity really wore him out. He was really struggling with the headache, and the pain medication they gave him wasn't helping, so they ended up giving him morphine and he finally relaxed and fell asleep. Watching him be in pain and not be able to do anything about it was so hard for me. I was so relieved to see him relax. He was still sleeping peacefully by the time we left him that night.
Fred's good comment for the day: "Mental note to self, don't to this again"