Another update. The only thing hooked up to g when I left the hospital room at 4 pm on March 11th were the chest drain tubes. the oxygen is only being used when he does his "lap" walks around the nurse's station. And he even tried that with out holding onto the cart handles today. He also washed his face and brushed his teeth standing up in the bathroom. Yes, I am bragging on him!!!
I also passed a threshold. I drove the car to the hospital instead of asking for someone to drive me.
Well, there wasn't anyone to drive me. So, my choices were to drive myself and be with G or stay at home and feel defeated.
I also had to pump gas. Since I went as far as the gas station, I decided to go a bit further down the same road and visit work and pick up the floral basket they had made for me. Beautiful. Really, really beautiful. And they were so happy to see me. The concern was evident on all their faces.
So--it was a four star day today.
Oh, and I walked Riley when I got home (at 4 pm) and he was very, very surprised and delighted. The floors in the house are covered in dog toys. I am just going to leave it all out since that's the way he likes it. Riley has been so good. I leave him in the morning and come home after dark (usually) and he doesn't complain.
G had a feeling that he might be able to go home on Friday. I'll let you know.
Many, many thanks to all who have mentioned in their comments and emails that they have the two of us in their thoughts and prayers. As I mentioned to my co-worker --- I can feel the good vibes.
don't ask me how I know that's what it is--but I feel like I am wrapped in happiness and kindness and that feeling is transmitted to G when I sit next to his bed or his chair. And to Riley who is eating and sleeping and feeling quite positive about his person.