Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thank God - Maurice's words

Family and Friends,

Maurice is saying a few words which you are able to understand.  And he notices you and calls a few by name now.  Another wow moment.  His eyes were more focused and clear today.

I said 'Maurice you are getting better, a little stronger every day' and he responded Thank God.  How amazing is that.

He does still have the trach in his throat, the Medical team is saying it will come out this week.

Blessings....... We have to be appreciative and very thankful for the blessings we receive daily.  Life is one of those blessings.

Lots of Love

Maurice's family

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday - March 24, Maurice's sad reaction

Family and Friends,

Please continue with the prayers and support.  I believe because Maurice is getting better, his understanding and remembering has made him react in a sad, emotional way.

I am sure this is frustrating for him and so this week he has struggled with not being able to communicate and tell us what he is thinking.

Please send positive thoughts for Maurice to get through this without guilt but determination to get better and appreciation of life.

With Love

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday - March 20: Looking Good

Family and Friends,

Maurice is looking good, shaved and now haircut, his looking himself again, you know how he likes to look good :-)

Maurice is getting great control with his right side, he waved goodbye today.

I have seen the old Maurice in different ways this week.  He has a gesture of the way he touches his face, he does this often, he looks like his trying to hug and tickle and then the waving goodbye.  :-)  He definitely is fighting this.

Good news for this upcoming week, they may take the trach out of his throat.  Continue the prayers and let us hope the next big wow moment will be his 1st word(s).

Lots of Love

His Family

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tues - March 15, Great News

Family and Friends,

We have another hallelujah moment :-)

Maurice has been transferred to Curtis Ward and doing well.

As you know, his left side has been unresponsive well today he moved his LEFT LEG, Praise the Lord.  Wonderful, amazing, shocking, tears of happiness.  Again the power of prayers and support.

Thanks to his medical team, especially the therapy team.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sun - March 13, A Wowsa Moment

Family and Friends,

Today we had a wowsa moment.

Maurice squeezed Mechele's (daughter) hand, she took her ring off and put it into her pocket.  Maurice went into her pocket took it out, felt it, then put it back in her pocket.  AMAZING, what a special happy moment.  I knew he was getting a little stronger every day but this was proof.  15 minutes later he was sound asleep.

Maurice is fighting and all the prayers are working.  He was told to continue to repeat 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.' Philippians 4:13

His right wrist is strapped to the rail because Maurice continues to pull the cord from his throat, so this is for his own protection.

The family would like to ask if you visit Maurice to not stay more than 15 minutes at a time and if he is sleep, please do not wake him.  The power of sleep is very important to his recovery.

Lots of love

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sat - March 12 - Every day he gets stronger

Family and Friends,

There hasn't been much change, but every day he gets stronger which is important.

Maurice is almost looking his regular size now, Dialysis has been very helpful.

He had to go OR (Operating Room) The Medical Team changed what is needed for Dialysis on the other side of his chest.

There is a chair in the corner of the hospital ICU room and I queried if he sits in it, the Nurse said yes, he had a couple times that week for an hour or two.  I think that is amazing.  They strap him in to be supported which is great therapy for him.

I am trying to plan a Family & Friend Circle of Prayer event for Maurice, at the moment I am aiming for April 2.  I will keep you updated.

Lots of Love

Maurice's Family

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tues - March 8, Dialysis

Good day,

Maurice had a shave today, his female RN did a great job :-)  Her colleagues teased her that if Nursing didn't work out she could do shave men's faces, lol/laugh out loud.

Maurice received Dialysis again today.  I was told it is on a current rotating schedule.  One day is getting the toxins out of his body and the next is just taking out additional fluids.

Maurice's face has gone down lots, his hands and legs are still a little swollen. 

Overall today was a good day and Maurice is pressure is low (for him).

Thank you for the continued prayers and support.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mon - March 7, Maurice had a Busy day

Family and Friends,

Maurice must have known it was going to be a busy day, that is why he slept all day yesterday :-)

The medical teams have started to discuss long term care.

Maurice had the occupational therapist and the speech specialist see him today.  And he had Dialysis, what a day.

Maurice definitely seems like he wants to speak.  Continue the prayers on Maurice getting stronger day to day and being able to receive the therapy and support he receives.

Thank you for the continued prayers for Maurice, please keep his children and family in your prayers for the strength to get through this also.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sun - Maurice is getting much needed rest

Family and Friends,

All the calls, texts, bb's, voicenotes, voicemails, emails are received with love, we thank you.  We may not always answer, it is not because we are not appreciative, we are overjoyed with the support but also overwhelmed.

Maurice is looking better but very tired, he slept most of today.  His pressure went high again early this morning and they put him back on the ventilator to assist with breathing.  They only expect to have him on it for the day.

He also received dialysis which seems to make him more tired.

I will continue to update every other day at the moment.

Lots of love and heart warmth thanks.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fri - March 4 - Maurice is staying strong

Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for all the love and support.

We have been waiting for Maurice to get strong enough to come home and that happened last night.  Maurico came back with his dad via air ambulance.  Maurice is in Bermuda, back in ICU. 

At this time we are asking that NO one go to see him.  We apology to all but we have to protect Maurice and make sure he is stable enough.  At times he gets excited and his pressure will go up, so less visiting and more prayers.  Once he is able to be off out of ICU we will discuss visiting and what is best going forward.

Maurice is breathing on his own and needs all the energy he has to get better right now.

His parents visited him tonight and think he looks good.  The swelling has gone down a lot.

Maurice definitely seems like he wants to talk to us, there are very small movements that makes it seem like he is responding to us.  He moves his head side to side when looking and it seems like he is really trying to concentrate on focusing now.

Maurice is NOT talking.  He is still unresponsive on the left side but getting a little stronger on his right.

Next week we will start discussing long term rehab.

Thanks for the support during Maurice's Journey back to us, it is going to be a long journey but we are keeping hope and continuing the prayers.

Lots of Love

Maurice's family

Note - Yes, I will continue to keep the blog going, this is a long journey and we know we have family and friends overseas that are praying and sending their love and support also.  I want everyone to feel they are a part of Maurice's recovery, you reading is showing us and him that you are.  :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wed - March 2, Maurice is looking better

Family and Friends,

Thank you, we appreciate the continued support.

Maurice is looking better, less swelling - Dialysis is working.  He will have to do dialysis for the rest of his life.  He will need another shave soon :-)

He is able to move his head side to side now as he looks at us.  Any movement he makes is extremely slow but we must remember the energy it takes for him to think about what to do once he has heard it is more than we can imagine.  This is a new Maurice and we have to be patient and caring during this time.

He is still breathing on his own, so definitely getting stronger.

We get this question often - Is he talking?  NO - The neurology team are unable to tell us if he will.

Family and Friends this is serious.  Maurice is in for a long journey back, could be years.........  And at this time we do not know if he will talk, walk, read, hug etc, it is day to day.  We can continue to pray, send best wishes, share our positive calming energy and tell him We Love Him.

Thanks again, with Love His Family

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tues - March 1 - Maurice is breathing on his own

Family and Friends,

Keep those prayers going  because Maurice is breathing on his own, Praise the Lord.

We are excited and accepting the simple meaning of life right now.

Maurice is getting stronger day by day.  Looking at him can still make us feel fearful, sad, anxious, etc but to hear he is breathing on his own.  Hallelujah :-)

He had more dialysis today to assist with his kidney failure and this will also help the swelling.


Maurice is breathing on his own, huge development in the right direction.

We are giving thanks, each day is a new day.