He’s Over It.
Pretty sure Austin has hit the wall here. Suddenly, he’s trapped, he’s grumpy, and just not liking it here anymore. Not sleeping, hardly eating, hurting, and stuck in the bed. Can you blame him?
I’m feeling over it and I’m not even going through all of that stuff. I really feel for the guy. I felt guilty walking out into the sunshine yesterday, with Austin uncomfortable in the bed.
So that’s the reality of where we are. I will say that yesterday Austin just didn’t have a good day. Emotionally, he’s pooped. He’s feeling discouraged and irritable. Lack of sleep does that to me too, and he’s literally not sleeping at night. They’ve tried melatonin to no avail, and the nurse did try to get an order for Benadryl last night, but the doc didn’t respond. So I’m hoping for catnaps again today. This being a teaching hospital, the chances of that are slim.
Austin’s leg is swollen and tender. The ultrasound and X-rays from yesterday were clear, so this seems to just be a part of the healing from surgery process.
His body functions are doing pretty well. He’s drinking tons of water and eating a few nibbles of food. I finally went out and got him some Liquid IV to add to his water since he’s hardly eating. But this morning he did eat the bowl of cereal and a couple bites of fruit. I’ve bought smoothies, we’ve tried juices, and he will drink the coconut water, but that’s about it. His body just seems to be taking it easy for now.
He was extremely restless yesterday. Wanted out of that bed. I helped him up to the chair, and that helped until it didn’t. You know how it is—being in bed for so long just makes life miserable. His back, his legs, his neck and arm—they’re all sore.
Thank goodness for friends who come to visit! Austin had a work friend, an academy friend (while I stepped out) and our pastor and another church friend come yesterday. They provided some blessed distraction for Austin. He’s just frustrated that he can’t walk out that door with them!
I’m hoping that we hear from the “team” what the next plan is. We’d heard some time in in-patient rehab, but that was days ago. This afternoon marks a week in this hospital. I’m thankful for it, but Austin seems ready to know what’s coming so he so he doesn’t lose heart.
It’s a pain
The pain actually seems to be lessening overall, it’s just that leg that gives him the most grief. His broken shoulder acts up when jostled, but doesn’t seem to be causing him constant pain. Healing just takes time. ❤️🩹
Sorry to report the doldrums, but Mama said there’d be days like this.
Keep praying. It’s darkest just before dawn, and even the best roads have stones. It’ll get better.
Thanks for everyone praying!