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Day 74 : Colors of Days and the Marsh Ghosts of Cambridge…. November 4, 2013

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Mike's Big Adventure in Liver Transplant.
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I went to visit Mike yesterday, it was a beautiful ride and the best visit yet!!

I saw a strange sight, and had to get a pic this trip, because seeing IS believing. I drive past this one particular marsh just north of a lake between Fort Atkinson and Cambridge, and as you round a turn and look off to the south side of the highway, you may catch a glimpse of a strange local prank we will call the Marsh Ghosts of Cambridge.
Look closely, you will see what looks like an upside-down remote control airplane that perhaps crashed into the marsh. Or a kite that got away from it’s Owner, or….
The locals say there is an old man who for years has put on his waders, trudged out into the marsh, and erects up to 7 or 8 of these “ghosts”, and then moves them around every night when no one is watching. This trip, I only saw 2 of the strange apparitions.

Mike was very happy to see me and didn’t fuss hardly at all while I was there. I brought treats: a mixed box of orange cranberry, banana walnut and blueberry muffins, Crunch ‘n Munch and pretzels. Igor was of course, the hit of the day again, mooching Crunch ‘n Munch off Dad.

Dr. Hobson came in and talked with us, engaging Mike in the conversation as well. He told us the Wound VAC is doing remarkably well, and may be taken off by the end of this week! Then we can concentrate on getting out of bed and walking again. But for now, they don’t want to out any strain on the newly healing wound. Mike took Doc’s meaning that he is going home this week. I wish that were true, but he’s still got a long way to go… but I still believe.
The time change was the night before, so I stayed over until 4pm, pretending it was 3 pm, and yet staying longer.
I got to meet the girl Mike said reminded him of Natalie, and with her permission, snapped a quick pic to share with Nats. Cutie!
Mike is getting along a tiny bit better on his iPad I bought him last Friday. He still has issues with keeping online; the wifi connection goes off if he is inactive for so long, then someone has to re-connect him. No biggie, but he doesn’t like the smallness…He will get used to it, I hope. I found out today, his PS3 is not compatible with WIN8, so no point getting him a laptop. Besides, when will he enjoy it, after he is home and on his feet again? Nice now, while he’s bed-ridden, but that won’t last forever….
Mike called me this morning, cheery again, until he started talking about how I was never around to see things happen. When I reminded him I was there yesterday, and it was on Sunday, he got very confused and argued that it was Monday I came, and didn’t show up at all for the weekend. Nothing I said would change his mind, he got frustrated and then hung up on me when he didn’t want to talk anymore. Rational Mike flew out the window again……
I don’t know when this will end, the Seroquel helps a lot with the mood swings, but it seems to wear off after about 4-5 days, with peak of clarity on day 3-4. He is also sleeping more, and his days and nights are screwed up. I spoke with him at midnight last night, and he swore it was noon. I told him, “Mike, look outside your window, it’s pitch black nighttime…” Nope, that didn’t matter; in his head it was high noon…..OY…..
Now I wonder if or when he will manage without anti-psychotic meds…his Psych Dr sent us a letter out last week, she is quitting the practice. Lovely, they are all dropping off Mike’s radar like flies…
Tomorrow has to get better. I will not be able to go in, awaiting a delivery via UPS in the afternoon. He will be disappointed, but then he doesn’t remember when I am there, so I guess it really doesn’t matter…
I started another Ijustwantablackhat for Mike; seems his other hat got lost in the laundry. GRRRrrrrrrrrr….




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