He’s Finally Awake!

As you know, Aaron has been fighting pneumonia and in addition, had increased neck pain over the past week or so.   His neck pain was pretty intense, so new medications were prescribed and as it turns out, were a bit too much for Aaron.  (We have since spoken to his physician and some of his medications will be changed and/or the dosage reduced.)  He pretty much slept through the last 2 days.  He slept through his shower, through visits, through physical therapy, through meals (you get the picture).  Several times when he was eating, I’d have to wake him up to tell him to chew and swallow!   Poor guy, all he wanted to do was sleep!

Well, this morning, I was pleasanty surprised when my phone rang and I picked it up to hear Aaron’s voice, clear and strong, on the other end.   One of the nurses dialed his phone and held it so he could talk to me.   He wanted to know what happened over the last day or so, because he couldn’t remember.  So, I filled him in and we talked for about 5 minutes.  He talked me into visiting today, which I wasn’t planning on doing (today was the one day I had totally devoted to cleaning my house), but as some of you may know, I’ve always had a hard time denying him anything.  So, I’ll be heading to Select in a couple of hours to spend some time with him.   His dad and step-mom usually spend Saturdays with him, I spend Sundays. That way we can get some other things done over the weekend……or not!   So, today he’ll have Greg and/or Gina AND me.  

I would like to tell you something that Aaron said to me, which really shows his true character.  Yesterday was my sister Deb’s birthday (45, right Deb?) and even though Aaron was really out of it, I tried to tell him when I left Select last evening, that it was her birthday and that I was going to go be with the family to have ice cream and cake.   In his drugged stupor, with his slurred speech, he said “I hope she understands why I’m not there”.   Unbelievable.  He wasn’t feeling sorry for himself that he couldn’t go, he was concerned that she understood him not being there.   I was so touched by that. 

Hopefully today is a better day for Aaron.   Please continue praying for him.    Thanks!

20 thoughts on “He’s Finally Awake!

  • karen hicks

    Hey Bud! Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I thought about you alot yesterday and hoped that you were blessed yesterday by something or someone. I want to say that I am thankful for you. I feel blessed to have had you in my life all these years. I am thankful for watching you become the person you are today. You are loved so much. I hope to get to see you soon. Brian wil be going to daylight on Monday, so I want to come visting when he can. Love you! Have a good day!

  • Brian

    Happy Thanksgiving buddy! working tonight, off for the weekend. i’ll see you tomorrow or saturday. i love ya!


  • joe V

    “I hope she understands why I’m not there”. dude, thats why everybody loves you. your common sense might be questionable at times but your attitude is perfect. happy Thanksgiving

  • Isaiah

    Foreman… you are in our thoughts and prayers today and every day! I love you bra bra and i’m gonna kick your fanny in fantasy this week, but no seriously I’m thankful and blessed to have you as a friend. Have a good Thanksgiving!!!

  • Jackie L

    Hey Aaron, stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving day. Don’t eat to much turkey or the tryptophan might get you and you’ll miss the football games (of course with the Chief’s off a nap could be a good thing).

  • Todd

    Hey Aaron,
    Just wanted to say that it was great seeing you last night. The fact that you have stayed your same funny, sarcastic self through all if this is truely amazing. Keep being positive, it will definately get you where you want to go. And be sure to keep hounding the nurses, you know they like it!!! Looking forward to you shaking Adrian’s hand and you flicking me off 🙂 Love ya man, keep fighting!!!

  • Meghan Julia

    Hello Aaron and family:)
    My name is Meghan and I am Tory’s preschool teacher (random, I know!). I just wanted to let you all know that the staff at The Learning Experience in West Chester PA are praying hard! Tory & Jaime are very special to us:)Although I don’t know you Aaron, I feel like I do from hearing so much about you! Tory talks about you alot, especially when she comes back from visiting you! I just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you! Happy Thanksgiving:)

  • Barbara Harris

    Hi Aaron,

    The phone lines here at work are slowing down with Thanksgiving nearing quickly. Best to you at this special season and please know you are on my mind daily! PS.. Why did the Turkey cross the road? answer: To get to the other side! (Cough & deep breathe)
    Hey – It’s turkey joke time!


  • karen hicks

    Sorry, but I hit submit before I was finished. Jaime, I will be sure this Thanksgiving to give a special “thanks” for you. Love you Aaron and Love you Jaime!

  • karen hicks

    I know this is a delayed response, but whooohooo!!! I am glad you are on your way to see Aaron, Jaime. I know you are his joy and put a smile on his face even through the drugs and not feeling so well. There are some things that us moms just can’t do, like the girl that loves him can. It put a smile on my face knowing that you were there with him.

  • Terry Garrett

    I know there were a lot of Steelers fans that dealt with the loss a little better just b/c they know that you’re a Chiefs fan. I check this and think about and pray for you daily. Stay strong!

  • Natalie

    Aaron, glad to hear you are feeling better. I’m sure your ears were ringing this weekend with everyone at Bear Camp talking about you. Bart and Little Bart had not heard about your accident so I am sure you will be hearing from them. We miss you and love you. Nat and Bill

  • "Uncle" Mike

    Hi Aaron,
    I’m sitting here watching the Steelers and Chiefs and can’t help but think of you. I’m sure many others are having the same feelings today. Please know that I check your blog daily to see how you’re doing and continue to pray for your continued progress and recovery. I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving and that someone brings you some “osum stuRRffing”!!!

  • Jackie L

    Aaron – it was nice to spend some time with you Saturday. Glad you were having a good day. Alexis and I left with smiles on.

  • Jaime Bennett

    I was sooooo happy to hear this news from everyone yesterday!!! No work today, I’m heading down babe, I CAN’T WAIT!!! Love you Aaron xoxoxoxo

  • Charlotte Fleisher (Greg R's Mom)

    Kids continue to amaze their parents even when they are 27 years old. Just when you think they are never going to get it they go and do or say something that makes you say whoa I think they are growing up. Aaron you are such a caring and loving person you keep continue to progress the way you have been and you’ll be out of there in no time. God bless you, Jamie, Tory and all your family. You have alot of people who love you and think about you every day.

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