It has been over a week since we blogged. A lot has happened. KC and Heidi received a beautiful bundle of joy on November 22nd. Kallon Bruce Bezzant. He was 19 inches long and 6 pounds 15 ounces. His due date was December 17 (Great Grandpa Walls Birthday) . He came early and his lungs weren't quite ready for life. Kallon is doing really good. He and Grandpa (Bruce) got their pick lines and their feeding tubes out the same day. They were both in ICU together, except at different hospitals. Thank you for your fasting and prayers. It really worked. We are being blessed without measure. Literally the windows of heaven are pouring blessing down and we thank all of our angels. In December Ensign Pres. Kimball said,"God does notice us and he watches over us. But is is usually though another person that he meets our needs..."
Many of you have asked about Bruce's mobility. Presently he is classified as a quadriplegic because he can't control or use his finger tips. He can use his arms. We can see improvement daily and we've been told that can change because his spinal chord injury (SCI) is healing slowly. With the trauma he sustained in the 15-20 foot fall, it can take 2 years to heal. We are taking one day at a time. Bruce is working really hard in physical therapy and progress is being made. He cannot feel feel pain and he cannot feel from his chest down. He is unable to move his legs at this time. Bruce's neck was broken at C7 and T1 vertebra. His spinal chord was not severed so SCI is healing. Right now anything below C7 vertebrae does not work. It can through a slow healing process.
There is a big difference between ICU and physical therapy. Bruce is on a regular schedule starting at 8 in the morning until 5 at night (and so is Carolyn). She is being taught how to assist Bruce. She is so grateful that Bruce is a patient and happy man. Last Wednesday a nurse was transferring Bruce from his bed to a wheelchair. They put a harness (like a hammock) around Bruce. Then hydraulically they lifted Bruce off of his bed and put him in his wheelchair. The nurse didn't have things lined up and was pushing Bruce forward when the lift came crashing down and Bruce fell on his face. He tried to break his fall with his hands, one of which was broken the original fall. Carolyn had just left the hospital and missed the excitement. The doctor called and told her on the phone and then let her talk to Bruce. All upset, she asked if he was all right. He said, "My hands and head hurt but I think I have some loose screws." Bruce's halo saved the day and it does have a lot of screws around it. The hospital did two CT scans and x-rays, free for that day. Bruce's spine and head are still lined up with no new injury other than anxiety, bumps and bruises. Again we are so blessed. The next day Bruce had the same new nurse and Carolyn said, "Oh no, we got the dingbat. I'll try to be nice." Bruce told her that the nurse came to him and asked for his forgiveness which he did. Bruce told Carolyn that she needed to forgive him also. Again Bruce is assisting Carolyn to grow a little taller. She sure loves her man.
On Sunday they had a fun experience. Bruce told Carolyn that the nurses were going to put him in a swimming pool. She asked why and he said that they were going to give him a bath. Carolyn said, "Bruce you can't get you breastplate of you halo wet. How are they going to do that?" He said,"I don't know but they'll figure that out." It has been six weeks of bed baths. The nurses came in. Carolyn said,"I should have brought my swim suit. The nurses looked a little funny. The nurse Kaylee said, "I'll go get you some scrubs." Carolyn looked at her funny and thought wearing scrubs into the swimming pool would be different. Then they wheeled in a bed with a big blue boat on it. The sides were about 12 inches high. They adjusted the bed and transferred Bruce straight across into the blue boat. Carolyn said, "Are you going to put that into a swimming pool." They said, "A swimming pool? We are just going into the shower." We all had a good laugh.
When he came to the hospital he was 294 pounds and now he his 257. Wow, we have another biggest loser.
This week is Bruce and Carolyn's 34th wedding anniversary. They were married December 19, 1975. There is a room at the hospital that has an extra bed. Carolyn will get to stay overnight and practice all of the training she has medically received. This includes moving Bruce every 2 hours to avoid bed sores, which is the leading cause of death with quadriplegics. Also, helping him to the bathroom every four hours. If she get into trouble she can call the nurses for help and they can give her additional training. It is really great because it will help transition them from hospital to home life. Bruce will be able to come home a couple of times before his final move home just to work out all of the kinks with transitioning. They think of everything!
This Wednesday demolition will start on the home to make it "Bruce proof." The bathroom and bedroom will be remodeled and a ramp will be installed.
On Christmas Eve we will get to have a party with Bruce which everyone is looking forward to. It will be a lot of fun.
Finally, we want to thank the angels that have given Carolyn and Bruce flowers, balloons, and cleared the snow off of the driveway.
Merry, Merry Christmas!
Love Bruce and Carolyn and Family
P.S. I miss my Marinello Girls and Co-workers!