Over the weekend my friend in the hospital woke up. He seems all there, if a little battered and confused. He’s had tubes and been asleep for so long that he can’t talk yet, but seems well aware of what is going on around him. Since he does not have his glasses he can’t really see anything. He does recognize people (at least his family and his SO), and that he does not like the nurses trying to clean out his mouth – he clenches his teeth so they can’t get in. His SO says he smiles when they put on his ipod. there is still a long way to go, but being awake is a big step.