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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Fonz Is In

I apologize for not getting this posted yesterday. I swore I wouldn't miss a day, but by the time I got home last night I was too exhausted to get it done. I'll not do that again. : )

Yesterday Mark had his best day yet. When I arrived at the hospital around 12:30, I went straight in to see him. He responded to my voice and holding his hand by opening his eyes. I was elated to be able to talk to him. I told him about the girls, the puppies, and general things that were happening. I gave him a rest between 1:30 and 2:00 by going out into the waiting room to eat. When I got back to his room with Camille and her parents, Dr. Cook came in to check his eye. His report is that there is some movement, so not all the nerves have been damaged and he is hopeful that the eye will be saved. Cautiously optimistic. Dr. Cook and Dantzel, the nurse, were standing on his left side, and I was standing on his right. After Dr. Cook checked his eye, Dantzel rubbed Mark's chest and asked him to give us a "thumbs up". HE DID IT! Not a wimpy little flicker of a thumbs up.....a full on, purposeful, hand in the air, fist gripped, thumbs up! I nearly passed out from excitement. Dantzel was worried she was going to have another patient on her hands. I think I was hyperventilating. I was so excited that I got in his face and told him how much I loved him and how excited I was that he had done this. He lifted his face up towards mine as if to give me a kiss. TWICE! So I let him have them. The only thing I didn't get from my Fonz, was an "ehhhhhhh". That will come later.

Jamie, the neurosurgeon's PA, came up a little later. She had heard the good news and was going to tell the neurosurgeon. Because Mark had been doing so well the last few days with his ICP, Dr. Gaufin decided it was time to take out the drain that releases the pressure from his brain. I watched her do this and my thought was that it was in there about 2 inches. It just kept coming and coming and coming. I think it was in there about 8 inches. Amazing. Amazing. And then she got out her staple gun and promptly shot him, twice. He didn't even flinch. Hard-headed Davis boy.

Dr. Gaufin said he wants to hold off on the tracheostomy until early next week, and we may not even need to do it. Mark's respirator is set so that he does all of the breathing himself during the day and they give his muscles a rest during the night. If he continues to do well with these CPAP tests, they may remove the respirator on Monday. And if that happens.....we'll be moving out of

I KNOW your prayers and fasting are working! Dr. Gaufin is so amazed with Mark's progress. He almost can't believe it himself. Mark is a fighter and a stubborn one, to boot. With his iron will and your prayers, he has HIGH chances of making a great recovery. We love all of you and are so grateful for your love and support. I truly could not be doing this without it. Keep them coming so Mark can keep improving.


  1. Scarlet,
    Thank you so much for keeping the updates coming, I am so excited to hear that Mark is making great improvements to tragedy that happened to your family. I work for an electrical distributor and have known Mark for years and if anyone can pull trough this it is definitely him. I just wanted to let you and your family know that you guys are in our thoughts and prayers!!
    Give him my best,

  2. Scarlet! We are SO happy to hear this good news today! I cried when I read the "thumbs up part" and you described your excitement! Sounds like he is doing amazing! You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly and will continue to be! Your family is so loved and admired by so many! I have always admired your strength! You will continue to be in our prayers!

    Love, Melany

  3. That is so EXCITING!! I am so happy. Miracles DO happen!

  4. Oh these posts get more and more exciting! We are so glad he is making such progress, and that he recognizes you. That had to have been a great moment. We love you all!

  5. So amazing, Scarlet....GREAT JOB, MARK!!!!!!!!! I want to SCREAM!!! I am so..... grateful. Just...seriously grateful. I don't know how else to describe it; it's like peaceful elation. You and Mark have great things yet to come. Love you guys, always.

  6. WOW!! I almost passed out as well Scarlet. I had to sit down I was sooo amazed! Mark is there, HE IS THERE! Oh my goodness, I am soooooooooooo excited for all of you! GO MIRACLE MARK! GO MIRACLE MARK! What a great blessing, with God ANYTHING IS possible.