Monday, July 11, 2011

Just Livin' the Life . . .

It is Monday morning, and Seth is in the OR. They have 10 hours slotted for him, but hope that it will only take eight hours. Brett spent the night with him again, and said Seth was able to sleep on and off.

Seth was starting to be "Seth" more and more yesterday. We worked all day to get him to understand he is in Washington D.C. at Walter Reed. Early in the day when I was prompting him to say "Walter Reed Medical Center," he said, "It's going to take me a month to be able to say that!" When his nurse went off shift at 7:00 p.m., he asked Seth one more time where he was, and Seth replied, barely audible, "Walter Reed." We all cheered.

I asked Seth if he remembered telling me that he was thinking about becoming an English teacher--he nodded, so I told him I had brought a copy of The Grapes of Wrath since any self-respecting English teacher needs to have read that, and he said, "Thanks, I love you."

The highlight of the day was late in the afternoon. He mumbled, "What do I have to do to get some juice?" I was able to round up another juice box, and after his first couple sips, he closed his eyes, smiled and said, "Me and my juice box--just livin' the life . . ."

Please know that we read and appreciate all your e-mails and calls. We have spotty cell phone coverage in the hospital and no wireless capability except for one computer in the waiting room, which won't allow us to access Facebook, so that is why we are limited in our ability to respond. When he's ready, I will begin reading all your notes to Seth. Yesterday I brought the pack of letters from home to read to him, but he wasn't ready. I look forward to when he is. Please also know that your prayers are being felt, and small miracles are happening every day.

Random, Random Reflection:

  • I would rather see children watch five hours a day of 1960s and '70s TV than five minutes of Cartoon Network.


  1. To Seth and Seth's Family,

    I'm glad to hear that Seth is back to communicating again, and I am sure it's quite a relief to finally here him speak. I think about Seth much of my day, and I relay highlights from the blog to all the guys. Please if you find the time ask Seth if there is anything that Doc Bohon and Dawg Company can do for him. We are all in a great debt to Seth, and we will do anything we can to make his day easier.

    "Me and my juice box--just livin' the life . . ."


  2. Sylvia and Seth - I am praying for you every day and thinking of you more often than that - Leah

  3. Sylvia, I have wanted to call every day since this whole thing happened, but I'm afraid I won't be able to speak through the tears. I am emotional just writing this. Please know that you and Seth are in my prayers daily and I think about you constantly. My heart breaks when I read about the hard things you are all going through. I believe that things happen for a reason and many times we don't understand what that reason is or why bad things happen to good people. Continue to lean on the Lord and he will indeed make your burden light.
    I'm so glad that Seth is starting to be Seth again and that there is some improvement in his condition. I'm also grateful that you are writing this blog to keep everyone updated. I look forward to reading it every day. Love you and miss you.
    Debi King

  4. Sylvia, I am praying for Seth and your family everyday!