She explained that from a medical perspective, Colleen was starting the recovery process from Day one again. I felt deflated and worried, but the nurses and the team were still optimistic. I then realized that we would not be home until mid or late December if everything went well. Christmas at home was not looking as it would be a reality this year.
Colleen slept for most of the day, the stress of the second procedure was hard on her, but the nurses were very professional and treated her well.
A few days before this setback this young nurse, my wife and were talking and the nurse said, "Watch out here come the baby doctors" my wife and I laughed and asked what I asked what she meant. She replied that these people were Interns who were learning to be doctors, so she called them the baby doctors. This particular nurse was quite a character and loved to talk, she did not stop talking for almost her entire shift. I enjoyed her conversation and the fact she encouraged my wife to engage in conversation, which helped my wife's cognitive skills
My wife and I loved the term "Baby Doctors" and for the rest of that day, when a doctor came to visit my wife, she would ask them if they were a "Baby Doctor" and laugh. I am not sure if the Dr.'s thought this strange or just part of the normal confusion that happens to people who suffer Acquired Brain Injury. I saw this as a very positive and happy improvement as it showed my wife had at least retained her sense of humour. I saw it as a good sign that my wife remembered the term Baby Doctor and used it when the Dr. came to see her, for about 2 days before it slipped away from her memory.