Friday, August 3, 2012

Slap happy, anyone?

Well we are 75 long hours post op and Lincoln opened his eyes!!!!! Most of the day he spent sleeping and all of a sudden he just sat up and was acting just like his old self. You can barely see them but there are tiny slits opening. He also started talking and trying to reach for things....all with a smile. I do not know if I have ever felt this happy. He had a good snack and lots of apple juice. Hopefully this will bring on the number two we have been so patiently waiting on. As far as his potential pressure ulcer they are now thinking it may be some sort of folliculitis. We are keeping an eye on it. His arterial line will stay in another day but hopefully will come out tomorrow after they draw his morning labs and if we stay on this track we may get to leave the PCCU! This would mean our own bed in his room and we could have more than three people in the room at a time. I wonder if Logan will miss sleeping on the floor. Sometimes I think he really could live in a teepee, sleep on the ground every night and be totally cool with it. We both got a little slap happy today. At one point I think Logan quit speaking English and was mumbling some jibberish language. Our nurse probably thought we had lost our minds, which we kind of have.

So all in all it has been a very good day! All the nerves, tears, anxiety and worry have paid off. Two days ago I wished we never would have put him through it but tonight I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know we did the right thing for him and one day he will probably think this is a pretty cool story. Sometimes I worry about Lincoln growing up in today's world but now I feel pretty good about it! So many people have reached out to us and prayed for Lincoln...strangers, old friends, new friends, family, kids, acquaintances, and I think a few pets! ;) It's so hard to watch the news that focuses on all the terrible crazy people out there. I do not want to think about that anymore. I just want to think about the awesome support system we have had throughout all of this. I think Logan and I will leave here changed. Anytime I have a bad day I am going to think about all the families here in the hospital dealing with a sick child, say a prayer for them and count my blessings. I hope Logan and I can repay all of you for your kindness one day.

Tomorrow we are determined to get some pictures of Lincoln smiling! If you look closely you can see his eyes are barely open. The first thing he did was get on his smart phone to check his missed messages.


  1. So happy about Lincolns progress! You and Logan are amazing parents! We will keep you all in our prayers as you continue down the road to a full recovery.

  2. Hi, I'm Maryanne Johnston, a friend of Kelly's. I'm also the grandma of a crainio kiddo, Benjamin. Lincoln looks wonderful and I remember what a blessing and relief it was when Benjamin started acting 'normal' again. I will continue to pray for all of you as you walk this road. Just wanted to say hello.

  3. Seeing your sweet baby and the love you and Logan have for him brings tears to my eyes. I have never met you Jill and I have only met Logan a few times but you both absolutely amaze me with your strength. Lincoln is such a tough cookie and I know his great grandpa Pat is keeping watch over him. I will continue to pray for a quick recovery.

  4. So happy to hear that things are getting better. God is good! You all will continue to be in my prayers!

    Debbie Largen

  5. Jill,

    Hi my name is Tammie Mouser and I am a cousin on Logan's side of the family. If you ask Kelly she can tell you how we are related.
    I've been keeping up with your beautiful blog everyday and praying for Lincoln. I haven't been on facebook much and when I came on the other day, I was shocked to see what you guys were going through.

    As I've read your blog there have been time's I've cried because I know that deep empty feeling of helplessness that you feel as you watch your child go through something that feels so traumatic and you feel like you can't fix it at the moment. But in all actuality that is exactly what you and Logan have done for Lincoln. Your instincts told you not to stop checking until you made sure that what he had was or wasn't something he needed fixed. THAT is a good parent. You didn't take the first answer and you didn't ignore your God nudges or intuition.

    My son was in a horrible wreck right out of high school and no matter how old they are, your children are your babies. Getting that call was the single worst day of my life. Thanks be to God he lived through all of that and today you would never know he went through it. God is so good and even though there are things we go through while on our journey that we may never understand, God has a plan for everything and everyone.

    Licoln is blessed to have such loving, devoted parents and a wonderful family. Again, your blog is beautiful and I'm not sure any words could be more beautiful than a mother or father writing about their child or a child writing about their parents. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Love,Tammie

  6. Jill, I was one of the high-school teachers of Eric and Kelly as well as of Logan and Erica. Thank you for the beautifully written blog--some day it will be a treasure for Lincoln. In the meantime, I send my love and prayers your way. Your strength and love are evident; Lincoln is a very fortunate little man.
    --"Miss J," "Mrs. T," aka Pam