I got to see Gabriel this morning and been with him most of the day. When I left his daughter was there and she is going to take over for me for now. I can’t deny it was extremely difficult to see him like this but yet at the same time it was a relief. He has many tubes and monitors attached to him and will for a while. He’s still being monitored very closely and the nature of the operation has left him in a lot of pain even though he is on very strong pain medication.
While I was there they had to move him and change his dressings and while they did they asked me to leave. They told me this is very painful, in spite of all the medication but has to be done every few hours. He has a private nurse, a very sweet young woman (my age 😉 ), Elisa who has his full attention and her main job is to keep a close eye on the monitors, administering pain medications and medication to prevent his blood from clotting, administering fluids, cleaning his mouth and more.
He seems to be aware of what’s going on around him at least somewhat. He did open his eyes a few times while I was there and even smiled at me for a sec and spoke to me a little bit but he’s very sedated and drifting in and out. He will remain in the ICU at least until tomorrow afternoon but his nurse and doctors were pleased with his progress and told me that tomorrow I can expect to see a huge improvement compared to today.
We’ve been through too much already. It is very difficult to see him like this and I can admit I had to leave his room a few times because of my emotions. I’ve been there before but then, I didn’t know if he would make it or not. The staff at the hospital has been a big help though and hearing the nurse and doctors talk about his good progress was such a relief. It gives me hope and the strength to stay positive.
I would like to thank all of you guys out there for your words of support. It means a lot to me and I know it also means a lot to my husband. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. <3