Relief for Vinnie
No, they still haven't found the person who did this. We still don't know... if you have any information, please pass it on to WSPD.
Vinnie now attends daily 'classes' focused on re-training his brain and reconnecting lost connections from the damage he suffered to his forehead, which affected his frontal lobe. The ABI unit is trying to keep him goal oriented, so his visiting hours are limited. The doctors expect the majority of his progress to be made within the first three months of his being at the ABI Unit. It'll taper off as he approaches six months, and at one year will be the peak of the progress he can achieve since the assault.
Vinnie has begun recalling things that have happened since he was moved to the ABI unit, which is vast progress. A few weeks ago, he couldn't remember what happened between naps, let alone what happened yesterday. He told me on Sunday that he had called the nurses's station to find out if they'd let him out with a group of his friends who had come to visit. They were going out to dinner at his favorite Mexican place in town, Pancho Villa's, and he wanted to go too.
Vinnie's been trying to get out of the hospital since before he was really conscious he was a patient. For weeks, we've watched him try to get out of bed while half conscious, and then when he's not trying to get out of bed, we'll be in the middle of a conversation when he'll look at his mom, or whoever is in the room, and say "I feel like there's somewhere I'm supposed to be." He really doesn't want to be in the hospital, and it's wearing on his soul a little.
Earlier today we were able to coordinate a visit from the 501st ( http://www.501st.com/ ) with the nurses (Thank you, Kevin!) and Brenner's for Vinnie before the 501st migrated to visit the children at Brenner's. Vinnie is a giant Star Wars fan. One of the first things his brother Paul was able to get Vinnie to communicate after the assault was the lead actress' name from Rogue One and the movie release date. Vinnie's been very conscious of the date for this film premier coming, and he's also quite aware of the fact that he won't be able to go just yet. We encourage family and friends who would like to visit to contact us and we can help make that happen.
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Vinnie is doing way better (even from yesterday evening). When we came in this morning, he was actually having breakfast. The nurse was feeding him pancakes, milk, and apple juice. He even said the apple juice was good.
He was cussing (a little bit-- well, ok, normal for Vinnie Mannino), talking, asking questions, and actually just spontaneously telling mom and I that he loved us. There is no doubt that he is still in a lol of pain. Lots of, "F*ck! That hurts!" But, then again, that's Vinnie.
He struggles with answering some questions. When he gets put on the spot, he seems to blank. But he definitely said, "Mom, that hurts." "My back hurts." "I love you, Paul," and "Why am I here?"
I take all those things as a good sign.
He's still in lots of pain, but they do wake him up every hour to check on him. As much as I wish they could just let him chill, I'm glad that they're giving him the "intensive care" that he needs.
His cat, Spencer, has been rescued by a rag-tag crew of his World of Warcraft buddies. Nick, Aimee, and Rebecca. You guys are all-stars. I know Vinnie will be excited when he finds out that his cat is safe.
Mom and I have decided that we're totally cool with visitors-- and, no, you don't have to just be family. WoW people, Pokemon Go people, Bronies, alike. We figure at the very least we'll be able to be comfort to one another.
OK, cool. More later.
Pray for the bleeding in his brain and the swelling to go down. He will have another scan tomorrow to determine the progress there. But all of the interactive stuff that's been going on has been a good sign.
An important note. There is an ongoing police investigation for who assaulted my brother. As his brother (and I'm also speaking on behalf of mom), you may think that you know who did it-- but you don't. Please let the cops do their jobs.
If you have real tips, talk to the cops.
But again, don't ruin your life or someone else's life by trying to take justice into your own hands."
To Vinnie's Mom, my heart goes out to you. Having something like this happen to your child is every mother's worst nightmare. I pray for healing for Vinnie and strength for you and your family.
Prayers for this wonderful family! We love you guys ♥