Jim had to take it one step at a time. As Jim had to rehab as it began in March 1st 1978. As he was learning to walk, talk, and learn even the simple things that people take for granted.
The nightmare with Mac began a few days after Megan's third birthday. And he has been in a coma for a month. Rehab will probably take a much more. On a physical, mental, and emotional level.
Like that of learning what right hand is to the left hand. Difference between hot and cold water. As Jim burned himself a couple of times. And had to have some bandages to take care of. But Jim would not give up. Even if he suffered memory loss.
Deanna marriage to Jim would have to wait. And she was willing to wait for her groom. But they have come a long way. As Jim is five years older than she is. As Deanna was in her last thirties when she had their daughter, Megan. As that could had been a risky pregnancy due to her having Down Syndrome.
But Megan was born very healthy as that cured both Deanna and Jim's fears. Jim loved his three older children, two sons and a daughter. But really Megan gave him a huge leash on life. As Jim was there 24/7, dropping everything and anything for his fiancee and daughter. Despite his commute from SF to LA and back and forth! He would drop everything as that is how much they mean to him.
Jim had very grueling five to six surgeries along with lots of rehab work in walking, learning to read even the simplest words. Like a second grader. Deanna could only try to hold back tears. Watching him struggle!
It had to be a pain for her, to watch him struggle while also trying to remember everything and everybody. As he had some kind of retrograde amnesia. Since he could not remember her, nor his four kids, or even if he was married to his first wife.
But it really hurt him that his family had to watch. As well as his DJ friends and game show buddies. Visiting him in the hospital. As Jim could talk and think like an six-year old. Along with his family, in particular his three older children that were way, way out of diapers.
His three older children knew that despite loving them dearly and still will do, Megan and Deanna gave him a new life. And a new beginning. But now, this would test his family, friends, and most of all, Jim himself.