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Saturday, November 19, 2011

There's No Place Like Home ~ Once Upon A Time

This is the 6th instalment in the Once Upon a Time series. 

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Though large like a castle the place the princess would call home for the next few months.. was far from the comfy interiors one would find in a castle.

No luxurious guest suite in the guest wing ...

The  hospital ICCU, would be the princess's home for the foreseen future.
Once when a friend called the nurse's station and asked the difference between ICCU and CCU - he was told patients in ICCU are closer to the other side , while in CCU are closer to living.

When her eyes were open the only things the princess saw, were passing hospital staff
and doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians ...
there were no windows...just a few beds, separated by curtains (which were often pulled back- open-), much like what you see in emergency wards. Due to the seriousness of each patient's injuries, the ratio was one nurse to one patient.   

Though the pain and inability to move her body - other than her left hand - should have been an indication that her injuries were most serious, the princess only wanted to return to her little castle. The injury to her brain did not process the seriousness of her condition. She would need  be able to breath on her own,before she would be moved to ICC. 

Once in ICC, she would need to learn to eat again (starting with liquids for swallowing and gradually moving to purée foods). Still unable to feed herself, her sister who had been constantly by her side since that first day ... would feed her, and at times let her try and feed herself. When it was determined that she would be able to take in food the feeding tube was removed and the princess was graduated to a regular hospital room.

The hospital room brought a whole new series of learning~ sitting up and learning to transfer from bed to wheelchair. 
The princess, would also need to learn basics like speaking

Using the royal throne...

Everyone, kept saying she would get to go home soon! If she could get through each of these steps. So, even though the progress was slow, confusing and painful the princess gave it all she could. With dreams that she would soon be home...


There's No Place Like Home!!

 Will the princess get to go home? Tune in next time for a continuation ... of





16 comments:

  1. I just can't imagine what it must have been like for you! To have your whole life changed in an instant...I don't really know you...but I'm glad that you were able to pull through this setback in your life!

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  2. you have me holding my breath. I can't begin to imagine.

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  3. Celia, you inspire me to live each day to its fullest as I ask myself, "What does God want from me today?" Bless you for being so open and trusting us with your experience. May this be a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving for you and your family!

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  4. Dearest Celia,

    So glad that I got to read this episode from my hotel room... You really have come such a miraculous long way. And I want to HUG your sweet sister for being at your side all the time!!! That speaks volumes. Your fighter attitude, even subconscious at times and the love of a sister...
    Love to you sweet fighter friend,

    Mariette

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  5. You have been on quite the journey - thank you for sharing you story. We're so glad to have you part of the Blogosphere! (Interesting comment about the ICCU, because that was where my mom was after her strokes. Scary to hear that, and even more amazing when people emerge from there. Miracles.)

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  6. Celia,
    My God. I can't imagine what you've been through. What an inspiration you are!
    Can't wait to find out what happens next....
    xo

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  8. Wow Celia...I'm glad He didn't let go of you.....and I too can't wait to read the next part. Stay strong and safe

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  9. Celia,

    Of course she would go home because she had the determination and the courage to forge ahead into a new and different life with a whole new perspective on what it means to live!

    You are an inspiration to all of us!

    Kris

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  10. Oh Celia...Thank Goodness you are HOME and on the road to a new life :) I can only imagine....I saw little Jade yesterday, she is playing Volleyball, won a beauty pageant, and is glowing...prayers and angels are miraculous, aren't they!
    Love and light to you my friend,
    Nathalie

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  11. Celia, I get goosebumps when I read these. I'm so glad after your ordeal that you are here with us being our little blogland angel.
    Love to you,
    Mary

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  12. Dearest Celia,

    Since a good hour I'm very close to you... We've checked in at the Radisson Plaza Mississauga Toronto Airport where we stay for the wedding. At 7:00 PM another dinner; our 3rd day of celebrations already. A tight hug to the both of you from within your own state! Have been thinking about you a lot when we drove from Buffalo airport into Canada...
    Lots of love from both of us

    PS I noticed that the trees are totally bare here already... Wow.

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  13. YOU are so brave dearest, to tell the story. Sooooo brave. And we are blessed to have YOU in our lives to show us what courage can do and determination. But most of all, I know that you BELIEVE for HE has lifted you up. Thank you for always taking the time to visit me...blessings to YOU, Celia! Anita

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  14. I have just found your blog, and could not turn away until I read each installment. You are so brave and courageous to fight each day and share your story with us. It does not sadden my heart but fills it with joy that God has intervened and you are on your way back to us. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and continue to cheer you on for the day you strap on those gorgeous high heels again!
    Big hugs and heartfelt blessings,
    Patti

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  15. Celia You are very strong inside and out to have come through so much.

    Thank you so very much for your get well wishes through my hip replacement. I am getter better every day in every way ( one of my mantras!)

    Love and Hugs,

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  16. I just found your blog and this post has really pulled at my heart strings. I felt my eyes welling up as I read this. Such bravery and honesty. Thank you for the inspiration. Following your blog now

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

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