Opening my eyes, I see Ashley. She squeezes my hand and smiles.
“Hey baby. Your mouth has been wired shut, so you’ll have to use your phone and this dry erase board to communicate.”
That would explain the tightness that I felt in my mouth. I take the dry erase board from Ashley and quickly scribble a message.
HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN OUT?
Turning the board around for Ashley to see, she reads the question, and begins to write.
A WEEK AND A HALF.
Wow. I grab the board.
WHY SO LONG? WHAT ABOUT THE BABY? WHAT ABOUT YELENA?
Ashley stands up lays next to me in the bed. I move over. Reading the board, she looks at the doctor.
“Susan, when you fell and landed on your head, your brain was slowly swelling. You were put into a medically induced coma to decrease the swelling.”
He pauses while Ashley grabs a tissue and blots the tears forming in my eyes. The doctor clears his throat before he continues.
“In addition, the bleeding you experienced was caused by a ovarian cyst that ruptured. To sum it up, you and the baby are fine.”
Relief never felt so good. Ashley stands as she walks the staff out. Closing the door behind them, she does a happy dance. I want to laugh so bad but it hurts wayyyy too much. She lies beside me on the bed. I start writing.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH YELENA? WHERE IS SHE?
Ashley laughs so loud it scares me. She finally regains her composure and responds via board.
YELENA WAS ARRESTED…ALONG WITH YOUR MOTHER.