Escape Artist

Friday, June 23, 2006 at 6:37 am 5 comments

Well folks, last night there were so many people out to see Doug that I hardly got to talk to him. Again I figured everyone would have left by the time I showed up, but there were still twelve people there hovering around him, plus Dan and Jen. It was great to see so many people, and Doug clearly enjoys having company and people to chat with.

The difference in Doug from earlier in the week is immediately noticeable and positive. When I arrived, everyone was sitting down in the lobby in order to not flood his ward. I made a small joke that we should be outside since it was so nice out. He agreed, and immediately took off in his wheelchair for the doors. We were all left looking for Jen and shouting "Doug, wait, are you allowed outside?!" Apparently he is, and the escape artist is pretty mobile in his wheelchair. He looks all set to race some of the other patients in it. That kind of mobility simply wasn't present even Tuesday night, the last I saw him.

He's also been progressively eating more and more substantial food. Wednesday night he had flounder and ground-up pie for dinner; he says the pie's really odd, and I believe him. Last night he had mashed ham and potatoes. Jen reports that he's so happy to have real food that he even ate with gravy on his potatoes, which he never has in the past. However, like Jen said yesterday, please don't bring cookies or anything else yet. He still can't really eat regular food and his diet's very tightly controlled. Doug's slowly working back to a regular diet. We'll let you know when he's there, and we're hoping to have a barbecue or something to celebrate that milestone, one that he's clearly looking forward to.

Today Dan & Jen will meet with Doug's physical rehab team, which should give them a better picture of his overall situation. All appears to be well though. He has a slight tendency to not use his left side, e.g. he's not using it to pick things up and so on, but no one's terribly concerned about that yet. High spirits seem to be the norm, especially when there are people around. Driving home last night I was really struck by just how far he's come, and how quickly. Just a few weeks ago I was preparing to hear the worst every time I went to the hospital. Now he's flinging around in his wheelchair, talking all night, and it really seems to be just a question of time and patience as he regains full functionality.

Two last things I wanted to mention: A number of people have asked about contributing to things like helping get Doug a new bike and cover medical bills. There are a couple efforts in that vein being organized and should be set up in the near future. Among them, a trust fund is going to be established to help cover his medical bills.  We will also all get together sometime soon to buy Doug a new bike. Riding again is something he talks about a lot and is looking forward to. We'll let you know when we have more information and details.

Also, don't forget about the charity ride for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania on Saturday. More information is available here. Jen is planning on riding, along with a handful of Drexel team and recreational riders, and Dan will be there to meet us at a number of the rest stops. It should be a great time, so I hope we see you all out there. Drop me a line if you have any questions.

That's all for now, hopefully I'll see you Saturday and up at the hospital sometime soon!

– joe

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  • 1. Andy Evensen  |  Friday, June 23, 2006 at 10:50 am

    bring the guns

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  • 2. Sally Trainer  |  Friday, June 23, 2006 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Jen & Dan,
    It was so good to run into you last night. I am so happy to hear of Doug’s progress. Please know that I would be willing to help you out, for anything you might need. Easiest way to reach me is cell #267-879-6607. Please tell Doug that I said “Hi!” and congratulate him on the strength and courage it takes to recover from such a serious injury.

    Reply
  • 3. Nita Gupta  |  Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 12:11 am

    Racing in your wheelchair Doug? LMAO!

    Reply
  • 4. caitlin medwid  |  Monday, June 26, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    never giving up now that is de.f doug

    Reply
  • 5. paul mcgrew  |  Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 3:39 am

    never a truer word said

    Reply

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