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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday Afternoon Update

Hi Everybody,

Courtney and myself (photographing) at the peak of Mount Hunger in Waterbury, Vt.

Everything has gone according to plan thus far, the neurologists have begun weening Courtney off the sedatives (Pentobarbital) again. They've been able to regulate her brain activity and we are looking toward Monday evening to see how she reacts to being woken. What's going for us this time: the doctors are already treating her with medication to prevent seizures, we've given her even more time to rest and she has the benefits of youth and physical condition.

Courtney received a visit from her close friends from Maine yesterday, they drove from all ends of New England to spend the afternoon, that was definitely a boost, they are great people. I can see why she looks forward to taking trips back home.

We've done some redecorating in Courtney's room in the ICU. She's got some stuffed animals to keep her company. Her shelves are filled with pictures and mementos. Amber and Melonie have been waiting to give her a particularly sentimental plastic rose (there's a charming old man who hands them out at her favorite bar downtown.)

Speaking of bars, we took a family trip to American Flatbread for dinner last night, reaffirming its status as the best food and beer in Burlington. They were nice enough to accommodate our party of 15 on short notice and the food was excellent. New Vermont Sausage had been my pie of choice until their new chili flatbread special completely blew it out of the water. We toasted, ate, drank and shared stories, it was a good break from the hospital, our second home in the McClure waiting room.

We've met some incredibly strong people in McClure. The hospital waiting room is about the last place anyone ever wants to be, so tears and hugs are a regular occurance. My first two nights staying at Fletcher Allen, I slept in the waiting room along with a woman named Ginger, who was visiting her 18-year-old niece, also an unfortunate young heart attack victim. She told me how her niece had gotten into drugs and in this instance had a number of relapses. We took turns cursing the world, but knowing she was there in a similar sitiuation as us was a support. While there's a lot of sadness surrounding these circumstances, but that same sadness has bred infinitely more love.

Let's keep praying for Courtney, and let's send a prayer out to anyone with a loved one in the hospital, anyone in pain.

We Love you Courtney and we can't wait to have you back safe and sound.



Elizabeth said...

Hey Court,

John and I went for a bike ride on the bike path this afternoon. We thought of you a lot. Maybe we could take a ride when you feel up to it? I'll be around to see you soon love. Muah!


Julie, aka MOM said...

As I read the daily blog for Courtney, I am amazed by your strength and upbeat outlook. You have a wonderful way with words and your photos from all sources are a great addition. Thank you so much for being who you are to Courtney, her family and friends, and to everyone who needs a healing prayer.

Julie said...

to everyone who has a connections to Courtney....
Please say a healing prayer or take a moment to send a message of strength and healing to Courtney at 7p.m. tonight, Sunday, Sept.16.
The power of this universal prayer will be amazing for her and her family,friends. Thank you everyone and blessings to Patricia.

Jan Dix/Boyle said...

Sweet Courtney,
I am asking God to hold you close and praying that His Love will surround you and that you will feel His peace, comfort and healing. I thank Him for all the people that embrace you and who will walk this journey with you and care for you. You have an amazing support system. The sun is shining here on this beautiful Sunday. I know that God must be thinking of you as He created such a beautiful day. I love you.
jan dix/boyle xo
Sean: please give Julie and Doug a special hug from me and squeeze Courtney's hand for me. I hope to meet you Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

I too took a ride today and was thinking of you, Courtney, along the way. Thinking of many rides together. I was stopped twice by friends on bikes who have met you on the TREK. Margot and Murray and John Bielenberg who all send support and concern. Thanks guys!
Thinking of all of you in Burlington. I will see you soon.

Martha Conway-Cole said...

That above comment is from Martha.

Ashley said...

I so wish I could've joined the rest of the girls from Maine who trekked out to see Courtney. But my thoughts are with her and all of you by her side every day, and I'm very thankful for these updates. The pictures are wonderful -- her smile always lights up the room.


Seren said...

Hi Courtney and Family, the Huus Family (Seren, Nancy and Chuck) here in Maine are thinking of you and sending you all love and prayers. We are pushing and pulling and praying, standing on our heads...anything that will help you! Much love, we'll meet you at 7pm tonight in our prayers!

Rod & Linda said...

Hi Julie & Marty
Horses and cats are fine. We're thinking of Courtney and you all, and sending our prayers.

Hope to see all soon

Nancy C. said...

Its is 7pm and my heart and thoughts and prayer are completely focused on Courtney. Purrs and tons of love, from Nancy C.

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