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It was a (mostly) peaceful day in ICU

Throughout the night, Helen said he would occasionally try to get up.  The nurse was calling him “Hercules.”  When I arrived, Jim was still mostly “under the influence” of the sedation drugs, but was starting to come out of it.  This seems to be a difficult time for Jim.  He’s not sedated, he’s aware of what’s happening around him, but he can’t quite control his mind yet.  It doesn’t last long.  And by the time they were removing his breathing tube, they could remove his wrist restraints because he could remain calm.  (Not me, man.  I’d be a little too “helpful.”)

Basically, we are in a wait-and-see period.  Dr. Johnson decided to take out the breathing tube because he was not going to go back in surgically.  The idea is to monitor Jim and allow him to heal.  Today, there was no sitting up, but tomorrow they will let him sit in a chair.  That should help his back pain.  As of 6:00 pm, Jim’s blood work showed no blood loss!  I told him, “thank you.”

They tried giving Jim food through his feeding tube again, diluted by half and at a very low rate.  He started to feel a lot of pressure, so the nurse (Wonderful William) stopped the feeding.  A few hours later, he started the feeding again, but at an even lower rate.  This seems to have worked.  They will slowly increase the dose and strength as his system wakes up.  He will also have some clear liquids tomorrow.

The “funny” for today:  After Jim’s breathing tube was removed, the nurse comes back and loudly asks, “Mr. Morris, how are you feeling?”  I don’t know what he was expecting, but he got a very sarcastic smile and a thumbs-up.  It was so typical Jim, that we all laughed.

Thank you, everyone, for your prayers and kind words of support.

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  1. Monica
    July 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Thank goodness for no more blood loss. I guess they got the right artery then? I hate being this far away and just wish I could give you a hug and do SOMETHING to help. I know you have a strong support system there and they’re seeing all of you through this. Tell Jim I love him and I’m still praying. (And that I’ve recruited others. That should make him feel better than just me. ;))

  2. Jayne Field
    July 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    This is fabulous news. Thank God! Prayers answered. Jim Morris is one heck of a warrior. A fighter of the highest order. Back he comes from each and every set back. And his command team is supporting every step of the way. I am smiling from ear to ear.
    Thank you for the update. I have had so many calls today asking how Jim was. Have you heard anything? What great news to share with people who love you.
    Love to all! AND prayers continue.

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