Having opened the floodgates to the visitors, they've indeed flooded in, with much joy and love. The book that L & S brought is getting lots of good entries. It will remain to be seen whether the amnesia drugs will wipe out Calin's memories of this period, but she'll be able to recreate the stories through this book.
She also has a little clipboard, thanks to sister-in-law K, which Calin has used to fill a total of 43 half-size pages worth of writing in the two days since the ventilator. These are all stuffed into the back of the book. Calin's writing isn't always easy to follow, but it's clear that this is related to the drugs slowing down her hand, but not slowing down her mind. Anyone who's visited can tell a story demonstrating that she's always the quickest wit in the room. Brad the awesome nurse said that he found about 5 pens fallen around Calin when he changed the sheets today, which is further testament to her writing skills (although maybe we should also help her tidy up the pen larder at the end of a visit). One of the notes she wrote today was, "everyone here says that I am doing better." Since she's the only one that has seen the docs on their rounds every morning, she would know best. I agree--she looks better, and definitely much more relaxed now that she's on the vent.
In addition to the books and notes, Calin has also received hand deliveries of a postcard and amulet from New Zealand thanks to C, prayer flags and a beautiful Medicine Buddha painting from Nepal thanks to Aunt L, and a silk flower and a fine scarf from I'm not sure where thanks to A and I'm not sure who. So the place is now nicely decorated.
Cousin S drove from Ellensberg last night to visit and then back that same evening so she could be there for a class at 8am this morning.
I tell these stories not to make anyone feel bad for not visiting yet or bringing gifts. Indeed, there is only so much time for visitors and only so much space for gifts. I tell these stories to let you all know that Calin has been surrounded by love and amusement. So much amusement, in fact, that according to Lexi, the other awesome nurse, Crazy Cousin T and his wife K were so funny that Calin had to be sedated to keep from laughing too much.
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