‘如果您在那里,我需要您醒来。你的男孩需要你。告诉上帝你还没准备好。’他的眼皮颤抖。我眨了眨眼泪。

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“肖恩和我在一起已经九年了。我们有两个很棒的男孩,已经结婚了六个月。婚姻对我们来说仍然是新的。我们为终于结婚并享受生活中的这个新舞台感到兴奋。

May 6th was the day my entire world was flipped upside down. I left for work that morning at five-thirty a.m. Sean was snoring away, so I kissed him on the forehead, whispered an ‘I love you,’ and left for work. He had the day off. The plan was he would drop our boys at the sitter’s house before heading over to help his friend, Zach, repair a retaining wall on his property. It was just a normal day.

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持续了3个小时。当我看到扎克(Zach)的消息要求我打电话给他时,我正在休息。我立即知道出了点问题。他为什么打电话给我?当他告诉我肖恩(Sean)发生摩托车事故时,我的恐惧得到了证实。我的心沉没了,我开始哭泣。我几乎听不到他告诉我他们要肖恩去哪个医院。

I honestly only vaguely remember leaving work and making the drive to the emergency room. Only brief frantic phone calls to my mother in law, and brother in law.

当我到达医院时,我几乎无法说话,因为我告诉接待护士为什么在那里。当她要求我紧紧垂下我的恐惧时,她给我的可惜的表情使我感到恐惧。她走开了,我立即开始认为最糟糕的情况。等她是一场噩梦。我感到迷失了方向和头晕。我的心感觉就像它会在我的胸口破裂。

我确定自己会生病,但是在真正的恐慌症塞进之前,她回来并要求我跟随她。

She led me back to the trauma room. The panic I felt in the reception area only intensified. There, covered in blood, still strapped to the backboard, wires and tubes running from him, wheezing and moaning, was my husband. He had blood-soaked gauze around his head. ‘Is that a bone sticking out of his arm?’

他被护士包围。有人告诉我医生正在路上。另一个帮助我坐在椅子上,试图通过告诉我“他自己呼吸。”这就是他应该做的!

They handed me his phone, wallet, keys, and wedding ring. I could no longer contain myself. I burst into tears, staring at the ring I had only recently placed on his hand, which was now covered in blood.

当他们把肖恩带出CT扫描时,一家人开始到达。越来越多的家庭开始到达,当对讲机上宣布“ CT房间中的代码蓝色”时,我们试图通过与EMT交谈来拼凑出来。

My knees went weak, and I felt the panic rise again. The EMT went to the nurse’s station to check on Sean’s status as I began praying again. Sean was only getting sick, but in his current condition, everything was cause for concern.

当医生报告肖恩的状况时,他们开始准备手术室。‘我们现在正在接受他的手术。他的大脑在流血,头骨在三个地方骨折,他的动脉切断,还有许多其他伤害。我必须对你诚实,我将尽我所能拯救他,但他可能不会做到。’

接下来的几个小时是泪水和文书工作的模糊。我记得签署了一份同意书,让他们接受手术,并采访我,并解释了他们对事故的了解。他曾在一辆货车上盲目转弯处的女人在摩托车上撞到了宽阔的地面。

时间过去了,更多的家人和朋友到了,最后,我们得到了肖恩(Sean)的新闻,医生将与我们交谈。

我记得当医生进来时在咨询室里发抖。他说肖恩已经通过手术做到了,并取消了护士早些时候提供的鼓励,说肖恩现在正在呼吸机上。他不再呼吸自己,但他的生命体征很好。他强调接下来的48小时至关重要。

They moved Sean from recovery to ICU and moved us from one waiting room to another. I was finally going to be able to see Sean. It was heartbreaking. There was my husband, in a medically induced coma, fed with an IV, only breathing with a ventilator. I couldn’t comfort him, I couldn’t take him home, and I couldn’t seem to wake up from this nightmare.

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在接下来的三天里,我所能做的就是祈祷,求上帝把他带回我们。

星期五是混乱。肖恩(Sean)计划进行手术以修复骨折的手臂,但事实并非如此。他大脑中的肿胀没有稳定。他头骨内部的压力巨大,他的生命体征开始下降。医生给了我们一个选择:‘我们什么都不做,让大自然走向路线,或者我可以去除他的一部分头骨,并给他的大脑更多的肿胀空间。如果我们这样做的话,他可能不会醒来。我们毫不犹豫地选择了手术。

当然,这意味着更多同意书,候诊室和眼泪。现在是与家人和朋友共享回忆和祈祷的时候了。这意味着不停止祈祷。

The doctor came out of the O.R with mixed news. Sean had made it through the surgery, his vital signs were stable, but he would be sedated for a few days to give his body time to recover. ‘After that, it’s up to him.’

他们停止了在接下来的星期日使他昏迷的药物。当星期二到达时,肖恩仍然没有醒来,我担心最糟糕的情况。医生受伤告诉我们,肖恩可能会昏迷六个月到一年。潜台词是他是否醒了。

Tuesday evening, I sat beside his bed, holding his swollen hand in mine, listening to the ventilator push air through his tracheotomy and praying. I told him, ‘If you are up there talking to God, you tell him you are not ready yet. I need you. Your boys need you. I know you are in there, but you have to show these doctors and nurses that. I am going to go home. When I get back in the morning, you need to wake up.’

我星期三早上到达,听到一夜之间没有变化后进入肖恩的房间。我俯身吻了他的额头,小声说:“早上好,宝贝。”他的眼皮颤抖。我眨了眨眼泪,以为我突然之间想到了,他的眼睛睁开了。我现在在哭,但他们受到欢迎的眼泪。他们是喜悦的眼泪!这是一周之内的第一次,我觉得一切都会好起来的。

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在肖恩能够回家之前,还有另外两次手术和六个星期的康复,但我们要他回家。

恢复道路很长。肖恩不得不戴头盔来保护他的头三个月。肿胀仍然很明显。还有另一项手术来代替他们去除的头骨的部分,但他完成了。

肖恩现在在他的左眼失明,左耳充耳不闻。他的右手腕和左臂的流动性有限,但他还活着。

Cognitively, you couldn’t tell now that he had a traumatic brain injury 5 years ago. Sure, he gets aggravated easily and tires easily. The deafness really flares up when asked to take out the garbage. But compared to the alternative, we’ll take it!

Sean wasn’t expected to live. The doctors have told us several times, they have never seen anyone so close to death walk out of the hospital the way he did. He truly is a walking miracle!”

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