Friday, January 23, 2009

Dance Party in the Annex

Locations of visitors to this pageAfter a rough first half of the day (Simon was pissed and in pain after his local anesthetic wore off), we enjoyed a long nap from Simon, a walk around the hospital and then, after Laura left, a Salsa dance party at the bed next door.

There is an amazing 13 year old girl next to us who survived what should have been a fatal car accident. She's got her front teeth knocked out and a monster scar across her head and her face, a tracheotomy, the list goes on. Nurses say from the moment she woke up, she's been a fire cracker. Evidently even when she couldn't even open her eyes b/c her face was so swollen, she was cracking jokes and chatting with everyone and has a great attitude.

She's originally from El Salvador and still learning English but she and Laura had a great talk today about their accidents. Laura talked to her for a long time about it being okay to cry about the accident, now is the time to really feel all the feelings and that she's really safe here- everyone here understands the magnitude of what happened. I think it was great for our new friend to talk to someone else who has survived that kind of trauma.

Then, tonight Carol, our primary PM nurse, decided that it was time for a little physical therapy for her, in the form of a dancing. We used our iPod and speakers and me, our neighbor and 4 nurses danced our little hearts out right here in the Annex for 4 songs. It was AWESOME.

Simon slept through the whole thing which was also awesome.

I'm staying over in case Simon has a rough night. My mom stayed over last night (god bless her) and they both slept pretty much the whole night. I'm hopeful but who knows.

Until tomorrow...

4 comments:

purplesej said...

You guys are all such troopers. I know you're tired of proving it, but let me just say how awed I am by all of you. Wow.

karen said...

it blows my mind how much we are learning with your blog - that your experience is so often touched by other equally heartbreaking, equally inspiring people and situations. go simon! go salsa! go awesome teenager next door! muchas alohas :)

Megan said...

hey guys!!! i am so glad that simon is doing so well!! you guys bring such great energy to that unit!!! but don't get me wrong, i would rather hang out with you outside of the hospital any day!! i hope that you get to go home monday :) give simon a big hug from me!!, love megan c

Eleanor Chrom said...

Dad just called to let me know that Simon was discharged from the hospital this morning .
Fantastic!!!
Sol and I wish you a great big Mazel Tov.
Hugs and kisses...
Just sent you a regular email re seder dates.