Editor’s Note: We’re reprinting this latest update on Thomas from the Update & Information Center for the Recovery of Thomas Peters. As you likely know, Thomas has been a blogger here at CatholicVote.org for many years and he’s also our friend. People have asked us how they can help Thomas and Natalie. You’ll find that information at the bottom of this article.
Without the breathing tube, he was able to talk with Natalie for a few minutes – finally real communication! He said it “hurt like hell” to get it out – so much worse than he imagined. They put it back in, and will give it more time and try again.
The rest of the day was one of the hardest they have had yet, for both Thomas and Natalie. The nurses could not get his pain under control – and he was dealing with a whole host of pains today: throat pain from tube; intense neck and head soreness from Tuesday’s 4 hours sitting; anxiety; nerve sensitivity. He didn’t sleep at all during the day.
In the late evening he was in horrible pain from what he described as “wires” he was laying on – but there was nothing under him! We are pretty sure this is nerve pain as his back muscles are waking up! He said he had no idea he had a brace on his back until he started feeling this pain – Natalie thinks this is a great sign. “Some times with blessings comes a little more cross to bear. ”
Additionally, the following gift cards can be sent to the National Organization for Marriage, Attention Thomas Peters Recovery, 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20006.
(These three restaurants are in the hospital or nearby; Walgreens is the closest drugstore.)
Additionally: if anyone has spare miles/points for hotel stays, that would be wonderful! There is a Sheraton, a Holiday Inn, a Hilton, a Marriott, and a Hampton Inn all within walking distance of the hospital. If you’d like to set this up please email us.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to help!