From all over the world people are still bombarding Tony Mellencamp’s Facebook page, wanting updates on the condition of his wife, Kaye, who suffered a brain aneurysm in her home in Berne on Election Day.
We wrote about Mellencamp’s wife last week. After being in a drug-induced coma for two weeks, she was taken off the drugs, and for two days there was no change. Doctors began to doubt whether she would be able to survive, and Tony Mellencamp even had conversations with organ donor organizations.
Meanwhile, on his Facebook page, under Tony Mellencamp, he tried to inform friends what was going on and asked people to say a prayer for his wife. Friends shared his messages with friends and they shared them with their friends, and quickly people from all over the world, including people he had never heard of, told him they were praying.
Sunday before last, everything changed. His wife, who had been given about a 10 percent chance of surviving, suddenly woke up, looked around and tried to speak, which she was unable to do because she had a breathing tube.
Since then, the condition of Mellencamp’s wife, who was expected to spend the rest of her life in a nursing home, has steadily improved.
Today, she is talking. She is weak and a little malnourished after spending nearly a month in a hospital bed. She is trying to get out of bed, though.
This week, Kaye Mellencamp was removed from intensive care and put in a regular hospital room, and doctors are now saying she could be a good candidate to go straight to physical therapy.
“She continues to surprise and amaze everyone,” Tony Mellencamp said. “She’s showing a lot of fight and spunk.”
She is experiencing some confusion, still sorting things out. She has no memory of the aneurysm that she suffered Election Day morning while speaking to her husband. She also lost two weeks while in the coma.
She will sometimes say things that make little sense, such as, “We better get an apple in the oven.”
Mellencamp believes the seemingly random comment relates to the pizza restaurant they run in Berne. When someone orders a Dutch apple pizza, the cooks are told to put an apple in the oven.
Slowly, Mellencamp’s own life is returning to normal. After being at the hospital 24 hours a day for weeks, he is going home at night at the request of doctors. He plans to return to work Friday, something he said he does with a certain amount of trepidation.
“Five million people will come in and want to hear the story 5 million times,” and he’s not sure he’s up to that.
Visits are still discouraged by all but family and a few close friends, he said.
“She has tubes coming out of her and half her head is shaved,” Mellencamp said. “She doesn’t want to be seen that way. She’s just looking forward to getting out of the hospital.”
Meanwhile, Mellencamp has gotten lots of calls and messages from people who say they, too, had suffered aneurysms and were written off as hopeless situations, only to recover beyond anyone’s expectations.
“It’s helpful,” Mellencamp said. “It helps us and it helps them. It’s therapeutic for them. It’s a good story for everyone.
“I’m just glad she survived. Everything else is just frosting on the cake.”
Mellencamp is curious about one comment his wife made in the last couple of days, though. Kaye Mellencamp looked at her husband and mother and said, “I’m still waiting. They were supposed to tell me when I could see my dad.”
Her dad died in 1998.