January 6, 2009 I feel like I'm in the movie "Ground Hog Day". I keep waking up to the same thing over and over again. Again there hasn't been much change. The only real difference is the swelling in his face has gone down slightly. Although he is not as swollen, he still doesn't look like Dad to me. It's been very hard not to touch him, hold his hands or rub his feet (which Tricia is anxious to do since she is Dads personal pedicurist). We haven't been able to touch him much since it will cause too much stimulus for his body and cause his heart rate, blood pressure etc to get too high.We have tried to limit the number of visits to his room which has proved to be easier said than done. Its difficult to keep from going to see him but we also know limited activity is best at the moment. We have had a constant flow of wonderful family and friends stopping by to sit with us, keep us company and occupy our minds. Jimmy and Stephanie Tarantino, very close friends of Mom and Dad's from Valley Center, arrived today to see him. Jimmy and Dad have such a great friendship and I know that he is so happy to hear Jimmy's voice and know that he and Stephanie are close by.
There is still no prediction as to when he might wake up so here we sit in the waiting room that has become our new home. While some of us read, others update Facebook, and still others nap, we are reminded of the importance of family and how valuable our time together is. As a family we are still not sure what lessons we are to learn from this, but the one thing we do know is that nothing happens in vain. We will only become stronger.