Waking up


After four days of being in a medically-induced coma, today my husband woke up, squeezed my hand, looked at me…and asked me when he was going to be allowed home. This was at 10am – and by 5pm he was sitting up in bed, drinking tea and eating toast.

It’s far from idyllic – the tea was through a straw and the bed he was sitting in wasn’t his own but in the corner of the intensive care unit at our local hospital – but to be able to sit and talk to him after days of silence and worry was just amazing.

He’s been on life support since the early hours of Sunday, when after a night in A&E he was sedated while tests were carried out to find out what had gone wrong.

He’s had blood tests, brain scans, a lumber puncture, an x-ray, countless other investigations and still the reason why he became drowsy and confused remains a mystery. But whereas yesterday I was being warned there was a question mark over how he would be when he woke up, to see him awake and lucid enough to complain about being in hospital was progress I hadn’t dared hope for.

Although it’s still not clear why Roger fell ill, it seems the doctors might be a step closer to knowing as they’re looking into a rare complication with one of his medicines.

He’s been taking this one for months with no obvious side effects, but apparently this could be the reason why he ended up having a second stay in intensive care.

Since writing about all this on Monday, I’ve been overwhelmed by all the messages I’ve had not just from family and close friends but also from our colleagues, neighbours, long-lost pals and blogging buddies. Not only that but the care and support we’ve had from the hospital staff has been outstanding and very touching. Some of them remember us from last time we found ourselves here – back when I was nursing a huge bump as well as my husband!

After so long spent in critical care and on a hospital ward a couple of years ago, it sometimes feels like we’re part of the furniture at this hospital, and we have been welcomed back with so much love and care, but also sadness that we have to be back there at all.

So thank you for all your support, love, prayer and positive thought – it’s clearly worked wonders.

X Julia

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    Mumma McD
    January 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Glad to hear he’s improving! Make sure you look after yourself as well as everyone else xxx
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      January 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Thank you xxx

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    Mini Travellers
    January 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Julia so glad he is awake and improving, I know it will mean so much to be able to talk to him. I’m also so very glad that they might be closer to knowing why. xxx
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    January 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Oh thank goodness!! You must have been out of your mind with worry. Onward and upward from here, yes?!
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    sarah christie
    January 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I am so so glad Roger is awake Julia, i hope all of this is soon behind you all xx

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    Caro | The Twinkles Momma
    January 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Bless you lovely — what a terrifying experience!!! I hope that Roger is going to be OK and they find out the cause.

    Having spent Christmas in an ICU with my Dad who was on life support for 6 hours, I can totally feel for you.

    Sending you a MASSIVE virtual hug. Lots of love and positive thoughts xxxx
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      January 16, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks so much xx

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    Katy {What Katy Said}
    January 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    This sent shivers up my spine. I am so so pleased the nightmare seems to be coming to an end- and if they can pinpoint it to the drug then hopefully you will never have to go through it again! x
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      January 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you xx

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    Everything Mummy
    January 16, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    so glad to hear how much his condition has improved, I hope they get to the bottom of it and he’s back home with you soon! xx
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      January 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you xx

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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    January 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’ve just caught up on what you’ve been going through. How traumatic for you all but thank heavens, he’s woken up and seems to be on the mend. Massive, massive hugs you brave lady xx
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      January 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you xx

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    January 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    But did he join the hospital tea club?
    He’ll defo get a discount when he comes back to the BBC. Send him my best

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    January 17, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Julia I burst reading that first sentence! Amazing! Truly amazing and I am so pleased you have your wonderful hubby still with you. What a fighter. Sending so much love and hugs! xxxx
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    Kat | Beau Twins
    January 17, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Meant to add, how scary knowing it’s potentially a side effect from meds!! Keep us posted! xxxx
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    January 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Such wonderful, happy news – I hope Rog is back home with you all very soon. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    Nikki Thomas
    January 19, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Oh my goodness, that all sounds very traumatic. I hope that he is ok.
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      January 20, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you! Xx

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    Mrs H
    January 31, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Darling Julia. It must have been such a relief when Rog woke up. Although I know it hasn’t been plain sailing since then. You are amazing and we love you. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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