On Tuesday morning Ariana took a cab to her company’s office suite in a business building not far from the strip. Beth had texted her in the morning and asked if she could come by the office sometime. Ariana didn’t know what it was about but she had been wanting to visit with Beth and Darren anyways.
In the office Beth and Darren greeted Ariana warmly with hugs, “Hey Ariana. It is so good to see you.”“Hey guys.”
Darren released his embrace but left his hands on Ariana’s upper arms, “You look beautiful.”
Beth smiled and put her arm around Ariana, “Come have a seat.”
Darren turned to her from the coffee maker, “You want some coffee, honey?”
He brought over a tray with three cups with coffee, sugar and creamer and sat the tray onto the table, then he took a seat, “It is really good to see you, Ariana.”He pulled out a piece of paper and slid it across the table, “Before I forget!”
Ariana took the paper and realized it was a check written out to her for over two thousand dollars.
She was awe struck and looked up at Darren and Beth, who said softly with a smile, “Connor Ridgeway really enjoyed the night with you Ariana. He called here yesterday and told us how much he enjoyed your service and that he would recommend our service to anyone interested.”
Ariana was surprised, “Wow, it was like $ 1500 charge for the service…”
Darren nodded, “Well, he wanted to make sure we will give you his generous tip, he actually called here after he made the payment to let us know. I calculated it out, subtracted our percentage and this is what is left for you.”
Ariana shook her head slightly in disbelief but remembered Connor and how he had been such a nice man and how they had connected that night. She took a sip from her cup.
Darren asked softly, “So, how have things been for you? You haven’t come around the office lately.”Ariana nodded, “I know, I am sorry.”
“Well, it is all right as long as we know you are o.k. I know business has been good for you and we have all happy clients. Ariana we are so happy to have you with us.”
She smiled, “I have been very fortunate to work for you and Beth.”
Beth leaned her head sideways a bit, “So what is going on in your life?”
“Well, I have been really occupied with my boyfriend and being there for him. He is still in the hospital and I go to see him every day.”
Beth nodded, “How is he?”
“He is getting better, we hope he will get discharged by this weekend.”
Darren nodded and then said lowly, “Ariana, are you sure about all of that with him?”
Ariana nodded now, “Yes, very sure. I also wanted to talk to you guys about my job.”
Darren sighed and put his hand on his chin, his elbow resting on the lounge chair armrest, “Please don’t tell us you are going to quit.”
Ariana looked down at her hands in her lap, then up at Darren, “Not yet, but in the future I can’t do overnights anymore, I just can’t focus on that. I love Jason and I can’t do this to him, I don’t want to hurt him. I can do escorts without overnights if you still want me for that.”Beth replied right away and touched Ariana’s hand lightly, “Of course we want you still with us no matter what. I understand what you are saying though. You really love that boy, huh?”
Ariana nodded, “I do, very much.”
Darren smiled, “I hope we can meet him sometime.”
“I will bring him by when he is well again. He has been very sick.”
Darren turned serious, “So, are you going to try to get away from escort all the way then?”
Ariana shrugged her shoulders, “I don’t know yet, there is a lot on my mind lately so for right now I want to stay with you guys if you let me, just no overnights anymore.”
Darren and Beth nodded in agreement and Darren took the word, “We want you to be with us no matter what you decide and of course you won’t have to do overnights anymore. I know the one with Connor Ridgeway kind of slipped through but it seems you did a wonderful job as happy as he sounded with you. Ariana, we appreciate you so much, I hope you know that and if there is anything going on or if we can help you somehow please let me or Beth know. We are family here, you know that, right? If you decide to quit escorting I totally understand but we always want to have you in our life.”Ariana nodded, “You are my family and have been my family for the last couple of years and I am ever so thankful for you guys.”
Darren smiled and got up to sit next to Ariana as well, putting his arm around her, “Anything you need, let us know. I really want to meet Jason sometime; he must be a special guy.”
Ariana smiled and nodded, “He is.”
She was relieved to have talked to Darren and Beth and she knew she wouldn’t get any more overnights. They ended up drinking coffee, talking about some of the girls in the company and also the details for the escort service she was going to provide that evening. She would meet an assistant CEO of one of the large toy retailers in the US at the Bellagio for a dinner for their investors. She left the office around three and took the bus home to get ready for the job.
Jason had texted Ariana around one o’clock asking her when she would come by and she replied that she was somewhat busy, had to go by her office and had a job for the evening but she would try to at least stop by on her way. Jason wasn’t too happy reading her text but he wasn’t going to make a big deal out of it. He knew Ariana had a life outside of the hospital and sitting by his bedside all day and so he tried very hard to ignore the stinging pain when he read about her job that evening. She hadn’t gone into any details about the job and he didn’t ask.
It was around four thirty when the door of his room opened up slowly and Ariana peeked in and smiled when she found Jason awake. As she stepped into the room he was stunned. She was dressed for her job that night, black and red heels on her feet, a matching short black dress with a red jacket over it. She wore jewelry and her makeup was more obvious than usually. Her hair was flowing over her shoulders and she held a small clutch purse in her hand. She looked unreal in the sterile hospital room and even though Jason was amazed at her beauty he also felt the pain of knowing she was dressed like that for a meeting with another man.
He couldn’t help feeling rather unworthy in the presence of Ariana. She sensed it and came right up to him and dropping her clutch purse on the foot end of his bed she came up to his face and smiled, “Hey Jason, my sweet boy.”He realized he hadn’t said a word to greet her when she had come into the room and the greeting attempt came out weak now, “Ariana, Hi! You…look…”
He didn’t finish as Ariana pressed her pointing finger on his lips and shook her head, “Pssssttt!”
She then whispered with a smile, “I didn’t put lipstick on yet so I can kiss you.”
With that she pressed her lips to his and Jason wrapped his arms around her worried not to wrinkle her clothes. He felt plain and boring with Ariana in the room and very unfitting to actually be the boyfriend of this beautiful woman.
Ariana sat down on the edge of his bed and was leaning over him slightly, stroking his face with her fingers and saying softly, “How are you today?”“I am…o.k.”
He still felt somewhat insecure so close to her at the moment, she seemed like a different woman to him when she really wasn’t.
Ariana smiled at him still, “You look good baby…I missed you.”
Jason put his hand on her waist and smiled, “You look…like from another planet…”
Ariana laughed softly, “What does that mean?”
Jason looked down shyly and then back up at her, “Just unbelievable. I am without words.”
He let his hand glide softly over her cheek, “Ariana, you are so beautiful.”
With that she leaned up to him and pressed her lips on his mouth again and they fell into a tight embrace. Jason held her close to him, kissing her hard, claiming her for himself, wanting to let her feel that she was his and no one else could have her. She was his girlfriend and all the other men out there would not ever have her the way he had her. She wanted the guy in the wheelchair and he was that exact guy. He displayed a certain attitude to show Ariana that he had laid claim on her just like she had claimed him.
Ariana felt Jason holding on to her passionately and when they let go he said in a whisper right in front of her, looking intensely at her with his dark eyes, “Tell me that I am the one you will be thinking about tonight when you are on your job!”Ariana liked his assertiveness very much and answered lowly, “You are on my mind 24/7.”
Jason looked at her seriously, still holding her close to him, not giving her much wiggle room and commanded, “Why am I the only guy for you? Tell me!”
Ariana had to smile a little and after a moment she answered shyly, “…because I want you in your wheelchair and no other guy can do that for me, you are exactly what I want, paraplegic and in a wheelchair… and because you have those braces that look super sexy on you and no other guy has the same effect on me. I can’t wait to see you in your wheelchair again and be with you outside this hospital. I am so happy you are my boyfriend and I love you so much.”Jason gave her a nod with a sexy smile, “Good girl! I AM all you need! I love you too.”
He then pulled her to him for another hard kiss. When he let Ariana go she took a breath and smiled, “Wow, what is going on?”Jason sighed, “I am getting crazy being in here….I really need to get out soon.”
“Hopefully on Friday.” He let her sit back down on the edge of his bed and Ariana said lowly, looking down on their hands, “I don’t do overnights anymore Jason…at the escort service….”
Jason pushed himself up on his hands to sit up some and even though he was relieved to hear her words he still wanted her all the way out of the escort business.His dark eyes were on Ariana, “I am really glad to hear that.”
Ariana looked up at him with shiny eyes, “I had a last one the other night and I am done now. I talked to Darren and Beth. They understand.”
Jason’s eyes got small because even though he knew she had done overnights with the men he didn’t want to think about it and he had never asked her about it. He really didn’t want to know and imagining it made him furious inside. He didn’t let his anger show towards Ariana because he didn’t want to lose her.
Now he just looked at her with a serious expression, “How was it?”Ariana shook her head, “It was a disaster. I felt terrible and I cried. I broke down with the client telling him about you and all. It was bad and unprofessional.”
Jason shifted again in his bed and asked tensely, “The guy didn’t hurt you or anything, did he?”
Ariana shook her head some more, “No, not at all Jason…He was very nice about it and very compassionate. He wanted to know about you and he said he may be able help us out with jobs and stuff.”
Jason was caught off guard now, “What the….?”
Ariana sighed and said lowly, “Jason…listen! He is a wealthy business man and his company is going to open an office here in Vegas. They are in real estate, brokers. He lives in LA.”
Jason watched her silently and Ariana continued, “Maybe I can get on with them or something.”
Jason didn’t know how to feel about that revelation. Ariana had after all slept with the guy.
Ariana realized his emotions and added, “He gave me his contact information and said to get with him in about two months. He even said he can maybe help us with finding a place in Cali.”“In Cali…what do you mean?”
Ariana said softly, “Well, like for us to move back to Northern Cali again, helping us find a place.”
Jason didn’t really know what to say about this but he was surprised to hear Ariana talk about moving back to Northern California, apparently he being part of her plans.
He really wanted Ariana out of the escorting business but he had no job so he really couldn’t object to her disclosure. She was the one with the money in their relationship and it made him angry inside but there was nothing he could do about it; at least not until he got out of the hospital. He had nothing to offer to Ariana, especially when it came to money. He looked at her seriously and Ariana smiled at him, she felt his tension and with her reassuring smile she tried to make him feel at ease with the situation.
Jason sighed, “Ariana, I am sorry…I am just so ready to get out of here. I want to be there with you and figure it all out, jobs, living arrangements and all. I feel so cut off in here and it’s getting to me. It is eating me up inside to think about you and other men. I am so pissed off about it all.”He looked down and Ariana took his hand in hers and said lowly, “Jason, look at me!”
His dark eyes moved up slowly meeting her emerald eyes fixed on him. Her red hair framed her face like fire, “Jason, you and me, that’s how it is and that’s how it’s going to be for a long time. I love you more than anyone and anything and I will figure out a way for me to get out of escorting but until the day I get out of it, I need you to be strong and never forget how much I love you, Jason. You are all I want and all I need, the way you are is the way I want it to be and there is nothing else. We were meant to be together. I can’t believe I thought it would not be an issue and the way I came into this would be no problem…Gosh, I was so freaking wrong Jason. I don’t want to be without you in my life again, never. You are my life and I want strings attached!”
Her eyes were shiny and Jason swallowed, taking her hand in his and pulling her close, “Come here!”Ariana moved over on the bed and they fell into an embrace and Jason whispered into her ear, “I love you so much. I didn’t think I could be happy again with someone, I would have settled for just any girl but I am so happy we met and I can’t believe that the way I am is actually what you want. I can’t wait to get out of this freaking hospital, get our life straightened out and be with you always. I love you so much Ariana!”
He held her close to him and they were quiet and felt so much love for each other.
Ariana left Jason somewhat at ease with the situation even though she knew he was struggling with everything still. He was trying very hard to not let things get him down.
She walked into the Bellagio at 5:30 and quickly was intercepted at the bar by her client, who welcomed her friendly, “Miss Ariana, I am pleased to meet you!” She smiled and replied her Thank you and they went to the cocktail reception of the planned dinner that evening.
Jason was on her mind every second of the night and she was glad when she was actually able to say Good Bye to her client at midnight without having to spend the night with him. He had been a respectful client and had treated her excellent, expecting only Ariana’s beautiful presence at his side for the evening but texting his wife when he got to his room that night. Ariana sat in the taxi to her apartment and thought about the evening and scrolled over her phone to look at the pictures of Jason and her.
The next morning Dr. Chapman came on his rounds early. He was accompanied by two young resident doctors and Nurse Rose. Jason shifted in his bed and sleepily pushed the button to set the head end of his bed up.
Dr. Chapman greeted Jason, “Good Morning Jason! How are you?” He smiled and turned to the two doctors, introducing them to Jason. They smiled a friendly greeting at Jason.Jason replied sleepily, “Morning!”
Dr. Chapman logged into the computer to look Jason’s record, the two young resident doctors were standing by.Rose came up to Jason’s bed and warmly straightened his blanket, “Did you sleep well?”
Jason just nodded.
Dr. Chapman turned to Jason, “So are you ready to get out of here?”Jason pushed himself up on his hands some, “Nothing more than that.”
The doctor looked over Jason’s records, “Well, it looks like your vitals have been stable and I see you got out of your bed two days ago and all that went well too.”
He then looked over to the wheelchair standing over by the window and said, “You’re ready to get mobile again with your ride over there?”
“Yes, very much.”
Dr. Chapman smiled, “Well, I think you are just about ready for discharge. How does Friday sound to you?”
Jason felt a surge of relief go through him that the discharge was still planned for Friday, he couldn’t wait.He replied with disbelief, “It sounds…great.”
Dr. Chapman continued, “Well, the only thing is your eating. You have to put on some weight and should really try to eat a little more. I want to see you get some more food inside before Friday and we will keep an eye on that. How about catherization?”
Jason felt awkward to talk about catherization in front of three other people besides Dr. Chapman and thought for a moment, “Yeah, I’m ready to go back to intermittent.”
“So you think you will be o.k. with that again?”
Jason just nodded and the doctor took on a serious expression, “I don’t want you to let it come to this again, Jason. In the future if there are issues arising I want you to not procrastinate and get seen by your doctor on time. Don’t wait! I want you to be responsible and listen to your body.”Jason looked down nervously and nodded, replying lowly, “I know.”
“I want you to stay hydrated, eat enough and we can probably remove the catheter as well and let you get back to intermittent. Do you feel you have enough strength?”
Jason had his doubts about his strength but whatever it would take he wanted to get in his wheelchair and he would push himself to get the bathroom issues functioning again. Friday was only a few days away and he wanted to do everything in his power to be ready to leave and not have any setbacks.He nodded, “Yeah, I can do it.”
Dr. Chapman smiled, “I knew you would say that. I will be back tomorrow on my rounds.”
He then turned to Nurse Rose, “I will put in all the orders for Jason and maybe we can get him in his wheelchair today so he can get used to being mobile again.”
Rose nodded, “Yes, of course doctor.”
The three doctors wished Jason a good day and went on their way to see the next patient.
Nurse Rose stayed and came up to Jason’s bed smiling, “I know you are a happy camper now, right?”Jason smiled, “Yeah.”
Rose patted Jason’s arm softly, “I will wait for Dr. Chapman to enter the orders. I will also have the CNA’s come for you and we will get you in your chair today if you want.”
Jason nodded, “Yeah, I can’t wait. Maybe I can be out of my bed before my girlfriend gets here today. I want to surprise her.”
Rose nodded with a smile, “I think we can arrange that. When will she be here?”
He didn’t really know when Ariana was planning on coming and he would have to text her, “I am not sure and I will let you know as soon as I know.”
Rose smiled, “O.k.”
Jason replied, “Thanks!”
With that Rose walked out of the room and Jason took his phone from the bedside table. He brought up his text messaging and pulled up Ariana’s profile, “Hey baby. Good Morning! Just wanted to check in with you and hope you had a good night. I miss you. When do you think you will come by today? Let me know after you get this. I love you! J”
He sent the message off and then looked over his emails and Facebook some more. Jason figured that Ariana was still sleeping since it was only 7 o’clock in the morning.
Breakfast came shortly after and the dietary service lady smiled at Jason as she sat the meal down and pushed his table toward him and said friendly in a Spanish accent, “Enjoy breakfast, young man.”Jason smiled, “Thanks!”
He lifted the lid from the plate exposing steaming scrambled eggs, two links of sausage and a bowl of hot grits. On the side he had some toast, jelly and butter again. Coffee and orange juice accompanied the meal. Jason took the silver ware out of a plastic cover and slowly started eating on the scrambled eggs. He still had problems with eating, not being able to get his taste buds used to the real food and it was somewhat difficult for him to eat but he forced himself to get the scrambled eggs down, a sausage link; a few spoons of the grits and just some dry toast. He did finish his orange juice. He had to eat. Dr. Chapman had told him clearly that only if he would be eating better he would be able to go home on Friday. Trying to focus on his discharge he was able to eat breakfast and eventually felt very full even though he had eaten slow and not even that much. After breakfast he dozed off again and slept until a knock from Michael, the CNA, startled him.
Michael came in with a smile, “Morning Jason!”Jason blinked at Michael, “Hey!”
Michael came up to the bed, “You been sleeping?”
Jason nodded and shifted a little. Michael lifted the lid on the breakfast plate and said at the same time, “Did you eat?”
When he saw the plate he added, “Good, looks like you got some bites down.”
Jason nodded and just looked over at Michael. Michael then pushed the table out of the way and said to Jason, “Your nurse will come in here in a bit, she is with another patient right now but she has the orders from Dr. Chapman getting you off the catheter. Are you ready?”
Jason nodded, “Hell yeah!”
Michael laughed a little, “Well, once she is done with that, I will come back in and get you into the bathroom for a shower again and all of that. We have to get you moving again so you can get out on Friday! I know you want to get in your chair today, right?”
Jason asked looking around in the room, “Mike, do you know if I have any other clothes here, like another T-Shirt and sweats or something?”
Michael replied, “I can check if we have some clothes for you. Maybe your dad brought some.”
“That would be great. I don’t want to be half naked when my girlfriend comes today and I am in my chair. I want to surprise her. I don’t want to be in the bed when she gets here.”
Michael smiled, “Understandable! I see what I can find for you.”
Michael left again, “I will be back in a little while.”
Jason took his phone again and checked if he had a message from Ariana but there was nothing yet. He turned on the TV and zapped through the channels.
Ariana got up around 9 o’clock. It was quiet in the apartment, Melody was still sleeping.
When she looked at her phone she saw Jason’s message and replied with a smile, “Jason, sweet boy. Morning! How are things today? I will try to be at the hospital around 3 o’clock, I have some stuff to do today but I won’t have to work tonight so I can stay until they kick me out. Can’t wait to see you. Love you very much!”
She sent the message off and slowly got out of bed, yawning and stretching. She had plans to go to the car dealership once more and maybe make a decision on getting a car that day. She had been looking in the paper and online for apartment rentals but had not found anything to be worth even looking at. The whole idea of moving in with Jason was still a bit nerve wrecking but she knew she wanted to be able to see him whenever possible. She had also thought about staying in her apartment and just getting the car so she would be able to visit Jason anytime until she would find another apartment. She wasn’t sure yet what she wanted to do and even though they had agreed upon her moving in with him, she was very nervous at the prospect of that.
Cheryl came to pick her up around eleven and they drove out to the car dealership again where Ariana had seen the Mazda 3 she liked.
When Dillon, the sales man saw the women pull in and getting out of the car he came toward them with quick steps and a big smile on his face, “Hello ladies! How are you today? Good to see you again.”
Dillon remembered Cheryl and Ariana right away and was excited to see them, hoping their repeated visit would make for a sale.
Cheryl and Ariana greeted Dillon, Cheryl right away laughing and joking with him about being back. After a quick conversation they walked across the lot with Dillon toward the Mazda 3 again. It was of a metallic red color, a 2013 hatchback model and when Ariana saw it again she still liked it like the first time she had seen the car.
It only had a little over 40 000 miles on it and was 16 000 Dollars. She wanted to look at it again and also drive it once more. Soon they sat in it, Dillon in the back this time with Cheryl on the passenger side and they were driving around the neighborhood again and Ariana imagined how Jason would sit beside her. He would have plenty of space to either put his chair in the backseat or the trunk and she thought it wasn’t too low or too high for him transfer into the car. When she had talked to the people who did modifications on cars for disabled drivers a couple of days ago they had told her that any car could be modified with hand controls.
She really felt good about the Mazda as she was test driving it.Dillon asked again, “So Ariana, do you still like the car?”
Ariana looked in the mirror for a moment, meeting Dillon’s eyes, “I really like it; I think it is a nice car, not too big, not too small.”
Dillon added, “You are right about that; this model is a nice medium size car. Are you still going to get it modified?”
Ariana nodded, “Yes, not yet though. I want my boyfriend to be able to make that decision with me.”
Dillon remembered Ariana telling him about her disabled boyfriend the first time she was there and he still didn’t really understand how such a women could be with a disabled man but he held his thoughts in and nodded, “That is probably a good idea.”
Ariana smiled in agreement and eventually they pulled back onto the car lot and Ariana smiled over at Dillon, “I think I will take it.”
Dillon of course was happy to hear about Ariana’s decision. Ariana spent about another hour getting all the paper work done and she was going to be able to drive the car off the lot that same day. She paid the car off right away and was very excited to now own a car again. Dillon was excited about having made a sale and still felt a bit weary of not having had a shot with Ariana, she seemed to be doing very well with money, which had made her even more interesting to him. He could tell though that she was only focused on her boyfriend and so he fully directed his flirts and smiles to Cheryl still while making the sale to Ariana in a professional manner.
It had been about two years since Ariana had driven a car, Trey had owned a pick-up truck and they had driven it from California when they had moved down to Las Vegas. After the break up, Trey took his truck with him and Ariana stayed without a car, getting to be a pro at taking public transportation and taxis. She didn’t mind for the time being but now things were different and she needed to have transportation for her and Jason.
She left the car lot in her own little red Mazda and she felt so happy. Cheryl was driving behind her making sure Ariana didn’t get lost with the roads and making sure she was o.k. Ariana was a bit nervous at first driving all herself and she wasn’t going too fast, giving herself time to get used to the car and the way it felt.
Nurse Rose had come back into Jason’s room with the orders to take Jason off the indwelling catheter and take his IV port out of his right hand. They had kept the port in his hand and arm just in case Jason needed some more IV medication or fluids but now that he had not needed anything anymore nurse Rose took his hand and laid it on her lap, gloves on her hands and taking the IV port out from the top of Jason's hand. Quickly she pressed a gauze pad on the injection site and wrapped blue medical tape around the gauze.Jason was excited to see another thing gone, “Nice color!”
Rose smiled at him, “Be glad I didn’t pick the pink tape.”
Rose pulled the curtain around Jason’s bed to get some privacy so she could remove the catheter. She made sure Jason had two pads under his butt and she helped him take his shorts off. Jason felt shy about the whole ordeal with her but he reminded himself that she was a nurse and she did see these things all the time and it wasn’t a big deal for her. Rose didn’t mind one bit, for her it was just another task but she also felt good about helping Jason get off the indwelling catheter and make it possible for him to get back on intermittent catherization, giving him back full control again over his most private urges. Helping Jason be independent to his best abilities was one of her missions as a nurse.
Jason just laid his head back and didn’t watch as Rose was fully focused on the removal of the catheter and when he looked down she held a pad over his manhood and dabbed a bit. Jason was worried he had made a mess but she said softly and reassuring, “It is done, all is good, Jason! You are free.”She laughed a little and told him to keep the pad over his privates until the leakage would stop. Jason held the pad in place and Rose disposed of all the materials used.
Once she was done she came back over to the bed and looked at Jason, “Michael will come back in now and he will help you in the bathroom and get you dressed again and into your chair, o.k. honey?”
Jason nodded and said softly, “Rose, thanks!”
She made a gesture with her hand, “It was nothing, no problem, hon! I will be back after Michael.”
Michael walked in the room cheerfully with a bag, “O.K. bro, I got you some clothes and we will get you in the bathroom.”
Michael pulled the wheelchair around to the side of the bed, he placed another pad on the seat and Jason pushed the button of his head end and it moved up with a soft humming. Michael was a strong guy and Jason not that heavy at this point.
Michael asked him, “Do you want to transfer yourself or do you want me to lift you into the chair?”
Jason wanted to transfer and Michael let the bed down so it was even with the height of the chair seat. Jason still felt weak and even though he didn’t have lots of strength at the moment he wanted to push himself to transfer into his wheelchair. He moved his legs over the side of the bed and there they dangled. At least he didn’t have to worry about the IV’s anymore and the catheter and he had his hands free. With Michael standing next to the bed watching, Jason managed a fairly smooth transfer into his wheelchair and it made him feel very good. With his hands he lifted his legs and feet onto to footrest and a little out of breath he looked up at Michael who praised him for his good transfer and laughed, “You almost got your mojo back, Jason!”
He draped a towel over Jason’s lap and they headed for the bathroom, Jason pushing his rims and rolling into the bathroom. Michael helped him a little with the shower again but Jason tried his best to do everything himself. It was somewhat strenuous for him but he wanted to do things for himself again.
After the shower Michael pulled out a catheter package from a cabinet on the wall, “You should try to cath one time and see if you are o.k.”Jason nodded, “O.k. Give it here.”
He wheeled himself up to the toilet and with gloves on he unwrapped the catheter from its sterile package. He realized his hands were shaky as he unwrapped it. Michael stood by and watched. Jason used an alcohol swap on the tip of his penis and eventually inserted the lubricated catheter tubing slowly and with trembling hands into his urethra and right away the yellow liquid flowed in the toilet. He watched feeling an utter relief, another hurdle overcome.
Michael smiled, “Good job! I saw your hands a little shaky though. This is a lot of stuff for you right now, Jason. I know you want to do stuff by yourself but you should take it easy too and get some rest after we have you dressed and all.”
Jason nodded and they finished up in the bathroom. He wheeled back out toward his bed. Michael had some clothes in the bag. It was the clothing Jason wore the day his dad had brought him to the hospital and then also some extra clothes his dad brought later on when he thought Jason needed clothes but he never did need them in the ICU.
Now Jason pulled out his grey sweats and a simple dark T-Shirt and some socks. He also found some boxers but decided he wouldn’t wear them. Instead he asked Michael for some adult briefs, he wanted to be sure with just coming off the catheter and having to get back into a routine. Michael helped Jason with dressing but Jason did most of it by himself, realizing it cost him quite a lot of strength. After he was dressed he just sat in his chair for a moment catching his breath.
Michael slightly touched Jason’s shoulder, “Are you o.k. Jason? You did a lot.”Jason looked up at him, “Yes, I am good, just a little exhausted now.”
“Maybe you should lie down in the bed again.”
Jason shook his head initially but then pulled his phone over and looked at it and seeing the message. When he read Ariana wasn’t going to be there until around 3 and it was only 1:30 o’clock he decided he would lay down and get some rest. He did feel exhausted. The bed was still lowered and Jason transferred back into the bed. Michael just watched him, he knew Jason was pushing himself to do all these things and even though it was good Michael also didn’t want Jason to overdo it, “Good decision!”
When Jason was back in his bed Michael pushed the wheelchair right up to the side of the bed, so it would be right there for Jason.
Jason sighed with relief and let his head fall back on the pillow, “Yeah, o.k. that was a lot.”Michael smiled, “Well, you did great but be careful, don’t exhaust yourself, your body is still weak.”
“I want to surprise my girlfriend today being back in my wheelchair when she gets here.”
Michael laughed, “Oh, I see what’s going on. Yeah, well you should get some rest and then you can get in the chair in a little while. Push the button for me if you need help for the transfer.”
Jason nodded, “I think I will be o.k. Thanks Mike!”
“You are welcome; get some rest now, o.k.!”