Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wednesday, November 25

He's making small improvements. He has a lot to say but unfortunately we are not very good at reading his lips yet. It's getting better, but I know it is frustrating for him to not be able to communicate with us. This afternoon both a respiratory therapist and a speech therapist worked with him and we hope this means he will get a speaking valve for his ventilator sooner rather than later. 

Apparently his heart rate dropped fairly low during the afternoon session. His heart seems to be doing well but every now and then he has an "episode". Depending on how things go, he may need to take medication or even get a pacemaker to keep things consistent.  Either way, no one will know anything for quite some time.  This is the 10th day following the accident and if we understand this correctly, the swelling in his spine has not really started to go down yet. Someone else told me that it could take a year for the swelling to fully subside. I am sure you are starting to catch my drift here: this is going to take a long time.

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