Lucas's condition is improving. His surgery was a success and, despite the loss of his leg he should make a complete physical recovery.
The doctors told me just about an hour ago that Lucas had a massive concussion and there were contusions on both frontal lobes in his brain and a few on the back of his brain. The changes this will bring to his life have not yet been recognized.
He will recover from the concussion, but the contusions looked pretty bad. He has lost his normal speech pattern and adopted a stutter, that the doctors said could either disappear with time or stay for the rest of his life.
Among the other new attributes already noted to Lucas's personality are a sweet little grin that he has used a few times when feigning sleep, and when agitated he tends to make a fist at his chest and rub his thumb across the knuckle of his forefinger.Instead of becoming arrogant when embarrassed now he grows quite and shrinks away. (He expressed this when the nurses came in to change his dressings this morning...It made my heart hurt.)
AT 10:30 p.m. Lucas became aware of the fact his left leg was missing. This was a frightening and painful realization I could tell, because he looked up at me in utter disbelief and horror, made a little whimpering sound and collapsed onto my shoulder in sobs. It pains me to write this because unlike you who are reading this I can SEE the anguish in his eyes. My heart breaks every time he looks at me.
After he fell asleep the first night(last night) I sat up and cried for hours on end and I am doing the same tonight.
I never knew that this would happen to my friend. That his life would be so drastically altered so quickly. I never would have guessed that his future would be so uncertain.
It will be a long and difficult road, but at least now the hard part is over, we have taken the first steps, now all we have to do is wait and pray that everything will turn out the way we would like it to. With Lucas safe, healthy, well, and able to cope with this tragedy.
Tomorrow is another day, I just hope it brings us good news.