Originally posted on July 23, 2009.
Christopher Bowd, the OBcean knocked unconscious around 11pm on July 4th and who has been unconscious or in an induced coma ever since, has awoken. This is great news!
We received emails from close friends who spent time with him Tuesday. The first email (dated July 22nd, 8:30 am) reported:
Hi, I visited Chris last night at around 8:30 with his mother and he seems to be making progress. He had his eyes open for a majority of the hour that I was there. He was alert and aware of his surroundings. He nodded to some questions we asked him (i.e. do you recognize me, are you cold, etc.). He was also trying to talk but every time he attempted, he would cough. He was able to move his left arm around quite a bit. He is still sedated but on a very low dosage. He has been coughing a lot and they will be giving him chest CT scans regularly to monitor his condition.
I think now is a crucial time and frequent visits from those close to him would be very beneficial, specially because he can recognize faces. I will be visiting him again tonight while Mrs. Bowd is there. I informed Mrs. Bowd that we would like to give her some home cooked meals and she was very appreciative of the offer. There is plenty of room in Chris’ refrigerator and I think she would be delighted to have some nice meals to warm up.
Another email reported:
(Chris) was opening his eyes periodically and there were times when he definitely responded when I spoke. My understanding regarding sedation was a little different. The nurse I spoke to said that they had him off “sedation meds” completely (from 5am yesterday [Monday?]) – but that he was on pain killers that had a sedative effect.