Next step in a long recovery: I’m coming home Monday

Bernie Coveney and Andrea Marshall play and sing at the hospital.

Bernie Coveney and Andrea Marshall play and sing at the hospital.

The rehab center hit me with a surprise and a Christmas present late last week.  My discharge date was moved to Christmas eve, which means Amy can take me home on Monday.

That’s the good news.  I’m coming home to Floyd County but the rehab will continue for weeks and possibly months on both my mending right leg (broken in several places) to my impaired brain (injured in my encounter with a cow on my motorcycle nearly three months ago).

On Saturday, Bermie Coveney and Andrea Marshall dropped by the hospital in Roanoke to serenade us with music and stories about what is happening in Floyd. The appearance by Bernie and Andrea, along with Colleen Redman and Jack Bagby, made Saturday an excellent, and made me anxious to return home.  They join a long list of Floyd Countians who have ventured down the mountain to visit — many several times.

Coming home does not mean an end to treatment.  I still face a long road learning to use my right leg again and returning my brain to function normally.  Yeah, I know, that’s based on an assumption that my brain ever functioned normally.  It will still be a while before I can return to work or take photos or shoot videos.

The past two-plus months have taught me a lot about life in general and Floyd County residents in particular.  Your outpouring of sympathy, support and help have been tremendous and I can’t begin to thank you fully.  I will try in coming days to do what I can.  I understand some came early on when I was even more out of it and I apologize if I was unable to show proper gratitude at the time.  I’m overwhelmed by the support.

More after I return.

Merry Christmas.

11 Responses to Next step in a long recovery: I’m coming home Monday

  1. Georgia Reynard says:

    That’s wonderful! Merry Christmas to you and Amy!

  2. Gary says:

    Good to “hear” you again Doug. We’ve been pulling for your recovery…Even way down south here. Hope Christmas is Merry and the New Year brings rapid healing. Hang in there.

  3. Carol Phelps says:

    This is good news! It is just so good to have you back on the blog site…..I’m sure I’m not the only one who checked every few days in hopes of seeing if you were writing again. Have a wonderful holiday.

  4. Cynthia Babb says:

    Welcome home, Doug! What an awesome Christmas present – not only for you and Amy but for all of us who have been “rooting from the stands” for your recovery and return. Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with healing, love and laughter for you and Amy!

  5. bob stepno says:

    Best Christmas wishes, Doug & Amy!

    Sorry I missed the jam session, but hope we catch an encore at the Country Store real soon…

  6. Dave says:

    That’s great news Doug-glad to hear you’re headed back up the mountain to us, and home! We’ve had you in our hearts and prayers ever since we heard about your “close encounter,” and are happy to hear about your continuing progress and recovery. Get on back up here and into the fold once again! Dave and Diane

  7. Loretta says:

    Yea, Doug is back! Floyd is now a happier and better place for it!

  8. Carol says:

    Even for the many of us who have not met you personally but love your work. Welcome Home and speedy recovery!

  9. Jerry Boothe says:

    Wonderful ,If you or amy need anything we are just a call away. Merry Christmas.

  10. Karen T. Thompson says:

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for a full recovery. So very glad to hear you are well enough to get back to Floyd……where life and clean air will help you mend.

  11. Rebecca says:

    What a blessing to be able to come home! You are one lucky fellow and we are lucky to have you back. Take it easy for a while and you and Amy will stay in my thoughts.

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