Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Red Letter Days
Three young paramedics walked into the unit yesterday, clipboards in hand, and looked around a little uncertainly. They explained they had just dropped off three teenagers to the ER and wondered if they could see the young man they had brought in nearly two weeks ago. Another unrestrained teenage boy in an MVC in almost the same exact location as the crash tonight.
I took them into the room to see our star patient just one day off the respirator and sitting up in a chair thanks to PT/OT standing him up for the first time. He looked around at his visitors, bewildered as he has been all day at the fuss, the tears of his parents and grinning wonderment of the nurses and docs. He's able to answer the questions about place, person and time, but recites them like he's memorized them for a test, smart kid that he is. Already accepted to the Pharmacology College at the University before jumping into his car and not putting on his seatbelt. He was late meeting his friends, he was driving too fast, he hit the curb, over corrected and hit another car who thankfully saw him coming and had come to a stop to lessen the impact.
Thanks to a whole lot of new people this young man's soon to meet in the Rehab hospital he'll graduate with his class and be able to go on to college. A good day indeed.
For a listen to someone else's red letter day, here's one sound from the YouTube symphony that's being put together from on-line videos and an on-line contest. Real live concert to be seen and heard April 15 in Carnegie Hall. I think the way there is still with "practice, practice, practice," but YouTube is helping pave the way.