32 – Searching for Understanding – A Startling Comment

Tom slept most of the night waking only when the nurses came in to check on him. Randy and Jill had gone back to Greg and Sandy’s and had slept better than they had in several days. Ann slept well but was up early and was sitting in the family room when her mom walked in. You want some coffee Ann? Ann smiled and nodded a yes to her mom. Ann was feeling a little nauseous but didn’t want her mom to know anything was up. At one point she got up excusing herself to use the bathroom but it was a false call. Before long Greg joined them and then Jill and Randy came down. They were all sitting around talking about Tom waking up after Ann and Sarah along with all their friends started singing. It was like a miracle had happened, commented Jill showing her emotions were still running on high. Each hour that went by as he laid there motionless with only an occasional twitch of the eyes had me terrified that things were not going well. I was terrified that there was more damage than we knew about. Jill, you were not alone in your feelings added Ann. I just had to pray that everything was going to be alright. But now I just know everything is going to be alright. Jill walked over and sat down next to Ann on the sofa, put her arm around her and gave her a hug. You are so good for Tom. I know how much he loves you. He would call me every few weeks and we would talk and generally most of his conversation would be about you or at least have you in it. Ann smiled at Jill adding, I love him too and he just has to be alright.

Before long Sandy suggested that they all get rounded around and she was going to treat them all to breakfast out at the local Egg & I restaurant before they went back to the hospital. Oh that really sounds good, replied Greg. I’m starving. Everyone got up and headed off to get ready except for Ann. Sandy carried the empty coffee pot back to the kitchen and cleaned up a little before she headed towards the bedroom to get ready to leave. As she walked by the family room she could see Ann still sitting in the same place with her coffee cup still filled close to the top. Aren’t you going to come Ann? No, I don’t feel the best and I promised Sarah I would call her as soon as I was up and we were going to go visit Tom together this morning.

After Sandy was dressed and ready to leave she walked back into the family room to see Ann still sitting in the same spot. Are you feeling any better now? Are you sure you should go if you are coming down with something questioned Sandy? Can I get you anything? Nothing mom, I am feeling a little better and I am sure it is nothing other than nerves. Sandy looked at Ann and smiled, turned to head out to the kitchen but couldn’t help feeling that something else was going on that she wished Ann would share with her. Ann, noticing her mom’s look of concern quickly added; you guys go and enjoy breakfast and we will meet you at the hospital. Ann picked up her phone and dialed Sarah who picked up after the first ring.

Hi Ann, how are you doing? Well I am a little nauseous this morning and I think I know why. It’s not the flu. Sarah chuckled a little but knew it was not the time to be funny so she offered up; it will pass and you are going to be fine. When do you want me to come over? Anytime you can, Ann replied as she stood up and started to make a quick move back towards the bathroom. I think I am going to be sick again. I will be ready when you get here. Ok replied Sarah as she yawned loud enough that Ann could tell she was still in bed. I just need to get rounded around and I will be over in about an hour. Ok, but I am still in my PJ’s and I have to work around this broken arm and nausea. If you beat me just come on in, have a cup of coffee and I will get ready as quick as I can. See you in a while replied Ann as she tossed her phone on the table, made a beeline to the bathroom just in time to find the edge of the porcelain thrown.

Ann’s nausea passed and she was dressed and waiting for Sarah as she drove up their drive. It wasn’t long and the girls were on their way to the hospital. Arriving early the visitor’s parking lot was mostly empty except Sarah noticed that Joe’s car was still sitting right where it was last night when they left. Sarah’s mind was searching for answers that were put to rest as they entered Tom’s room to see Joe sleeping in the chair next to Tom’s bed. Hearing the door open he opened his eyes as Sarah and Ann walking around the end of Tom’s bed. Did you stay here all night Joe, Sarah asked as she put her hand on the back of his neck and started to rub it a little? I started to leave but I had to come back in one more time and just decided to stay and the nurses told me it would be alright. If Tom woke up and wanted to talk I wanted to be here. Ann looked at Joe, smiled letting Joe know how much she appreciated him and his friendship. Was he awake at all, did you guys get a chance to talk inquired Ann? No one called us from the hospital last night, so I assumed he slept all night. Well he slept most of the night and only woke up when the nurses would come in to check on him. We never talked. He just moved around a little and then went back to sleep. They told me that the pain meds they have him on will make him sleep a lot. They are planning to start a decrease in his meds today after the Doctor visits him. They want to see how he handles the pain from his injuries and not keep him doped up so much. As the sound of Ann’s voice quietly made its way into Tom’s ear he shifted a little in his bed, opened his eyes and smiled in the direction of the sound. Ann moved over towards his bed, took his hand and leaned over giving him a kiss. Joe’s smiled a little as he got up and walked over to Sarah who had made her way to the other side of Tom’s bed and putting his arms around her, he pulled her close and gave her a kiss on her forehead. Joe quickly added, now that your two are here, I think I will run home and shower and come back in a little while. This will probably be the last day I can take off work so I want to come back and spend most of it here. Looking over at Tom who had closed his eyes again, he just smiled saying to himself that you are going to be alright my friend. Joe waved as he headed out of Tom’s room and made his way down the hall towards the door that led to his car.

Before long the nurse on duty walked in and started to check over Tom and he opened his eyes again to see Ann and Sarah standing at the foot of his bed. Tom looked at Ann and motioned for her to come around the other side of the bed. She moved around to the side and he held out his hand for hers and taking it. Ann started to tear up a little. Are you ok Ann? I’m going to be fine. He tugged on her arm trying to pull her close and Ann leaned down to give him a kiss when she heard him say; I love you Ann. With the spark of old Tom he added; you have something special to tell me don’t you? Ann quickly pulled back and looked into Tom’s eyes just as her tears came to a full flow dripping off her cheeks. The nurse had just finished up and left the room leaving only Tom, Ann and Sarah. What are you talking about, Tom. Ann, you know you can talk to me about anything. Yes, but… Ann stopped mid-sentence when Tom smiled and said; the baby – our baby. How did you know about that Tom? Did the nurse tell you? Tom quickly but calmly said no, no she didn’t tell me. Then how do you know? The only ones that knew were Sarah and the nurse. Well I think someone else knows it also Ann. What are you talking about Tom? Well I told Joe replied Sarah, but… He didn’t tell you did he? No – Joe and I haven’t talked. Did you know he stayed the night with you, replied Ann. Really, I had no idea? I must have slept all night.

Tom closed his eyes like he was going to fall back asleep but quickly opened them up again and said; well when I died… Tom closed his eyes again.

“To be continued”

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When one dies what happens to the soul, the spirit, that part of our living body that keeps everything physically and mentally working? Does it die along with the physical body? Who are we anyway?

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