With the recent rains, a little sunshine goes a long way in lifting one's spirit.
Last Tuesday, Sandie Kimm of Blue Earth experienced her own bright ray of hope.
Her husband, Dr. Kevin Kimm, opened his eyes after being in a coma for 26 days at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
"He has movement in his right arm and legs, but he's not able to talk," says Sandie.
"If I holler at him to open his eyes, he does," she adds.
Kimm has been on medical leave since being airlifted to the Minneapolis medical center on April 12 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
He was hired as a family practioneer in June 2008 and also serves as chief of staff for United Hospital District (UHD) in Blue Earth.
Sandie says neurosurgeons remain "cautiously optimistic" that her husband will make a full recovery.
"I'm just taking one day at a time," she says. "The support of staff at UHD and the people from Blue Earth has been great. That really means a lot to us."
The Kimms have four grown children, who are out on their own.
Although Kimm remains on a ventilator, he has been able to breathe on his own at times.
Sandie, who works as her husband's nurse, says UHD officials have not discussed whether he will return to work.
When she's not at her husband's bedside, Sandie comes home two days a week to do chores and go through the mail.
"People have been so caring and concerned. If I need help doing something, all I have to do is ask and they would volunteer," she says.
Well-wishers may send cards to the Kimm home at 1097 Highland Drive in Blue Earth or an eCard by going to:
www.uofmmedicalcenter.org, then click on Patients & Visitors at the top of the page and scroll down to send an eCard.