the Rubble Up
Alexis," Emily said from the doorway. "I'm making my rounds;
how's Sam this morning?"
change." Alexis sighed. "I was hoping she'd wake up during
the night. I kept waking up to see if her eyes were open. She looks
so peaceful though. Like she's in a really good sleep."
a nice thought. Keep thinking like that. It helps you both."
can people really hear what's being said around them when they are
in a coma?" Alexis asked as she closed the lid of her laptop.
say yes; I believe it too. But it's not one hundred percent,"
was afraid of that." Alexis sighed. "Ric came in here
and started bashing Sam. He called her all these horrible names.
I defended her, of course. She's my daughter. I'd never want to
call any of my girls what he called Sam. I'm afraid that she doesn't
want to wake up. Maybe she thinks I think those things of her."
shook her head. "No way, Sam knows that's not true."
was about to say something when the machines around Sam started
making unusual noises. She rushed over to her and took her daughter's
hand. Sam's eyes fluttered open. After a minute two identical sets
of brown eyes locked onto each other, studying each other.
Alexis said softly as she wiped a tear away. "I'm so glad to
see those big brown eyes. Do you know who I am, sweetheart?"
gave a slight nod. "Ah ah ah," she struggled to form words.
Sam closed her eyes slowly and reopened them. She tried again. "Ah
" She closed her eyes tighter as tears began to roll
down her cheeks. "Mmm mmm
" She left her eyes closed.
put her hand over her mouth to keep from gasping out loud.
mmm ooomm," Sam managed to say what sounded a lot like 'mom'.
own eyes had filled with tears. She leaned forward, kissing Sam's
cheek. "That's right; that's good; I'm Mom. It's okay, Sam,
I'm right here."
getting my mom," Emily said to Alexis after seeing Sam's struggle
to get a simple word out.
eyes remained on Sam who was looking up at her with fear. She attempted
to sit up but she could barely lift her own head. She let out a
soft cry and closed her eyes.
don't get upset," Alexis whispered as she took a tissue and
began to wipe Sam's tears away. Alexis could tell her words were
not soothing Sam's fear. She began humming Kristina's favorite song
as she ran her fingers through Sam's hair. It seemed to do the trick,
and Sam's tears slowed down just before her breathing got out of
rushed into the room. "Alexis, can you step outside?"
she asked calmly.
be right outside," Alexis promised. "I'm not going anywhere,
stepped out into the hall and started to pace back and forth.
called me told me she was awake. I got out of meeting."
brain injury," Alexis stammered. "It's the brain injury."
put his hand on her back to calm her.
was praying there was a mistake, that she was fine." A sob
escaped her lips. "But it didn't happen. Something is wrong.
She can't talk; she can't even lift her own head up. My daughter
is in there scared, and she can't even say, 'I'm scared, help me'."
pulled Alexis into a tight hug and held her as she cried into his
stepped out a minute later. "We need to talk," she said
with a glum look on her face.
bad, isn't it?" Alexis whispered.
won't lie to you; it's not good."
took a deep breath. "Okay, tell me straight up."
brain injury Sam has is called Traumatic Brain Injury. It was caused
by the hit her head suffered. The brain injury she has affected
the way her brain sends signals. You have to se her as a new born
baby; everything she learned as a child she doesn't know how to
do anymore. She has hardly any control of her body. The good news
is that ninety percent of people that have this recover within a
few months after they learn things over again through rehabilitation.
Her short term memory may also be affected; you may have a full
conversation with her and two hours later she may not remember it.
Sometimes her brain will send signals to her body that are wrong.
For instance, she may think she is very itchy and will start scratching
like crazy. That's a common one. When that happens we will have
to restrain her hands -she will scratch all of her skin off because
she won't know to stop."
Alexis walked past Monica and looked through the window of Sam's
room; Sam was blankly staring at the wall.
knows who I am," Alexis said. "Does she knows what is
happening to her?"
an extent, yes. She will get flustered easily; you have to be patient
with her. Remember, she is like a new born baby. If you get annoyed
with her, leave the room, take a break."
nodded as she watched her daughter. "I have two babies now,
cancer, a six-year-old, and a jackass of a husband. Sure, I can
handle all that."
remember that Sam's going to advance faster than Molly. As long
as we make her feel she can do it, I believe she will. Sam's a fighter;
you know that. I'm sure in no time at all you'll have your normal,
spunky, adult daughter back."
she is." Alexis laughed. "I'm going to sit with her."
sedated her," Monica said. "We want her to sleep a bit
since she's anxious."
Alexis said absent-mindedly as she headed into the room.
have a long road ahead," Nikolas mused.
a rough one," Monica added. "One that Sam and Alexis can
get through if they work together instead of against each other."
will be their test." Nikolas sighed as he watched his aunt
through the window run her fingers through his cousin's hair, trying
to calm her back into sleep.