Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday, December 28

Big news here- Bill was finally moved out of the ICU and onto the rehab floor!  Yay!  He's still not quite up for a full schedule of rehab, but he will be seen by all the therapists for shorter durations until he is stronger.  He still has a lot of secretions in his lungs but his cough is getting stronger which is a very good thing.  I don't know if there is much of a schedule for vent weaning.  I have heard that the Shepherd Center is aggressive when it comes to ventilator weaning, but it all really comes down to how a patient responds.  So, hopefully it will be soon but I just don't know.

The other big news today came from the speech therapist.  She gave Bill fruit cocktail to eat and he was able to chew and swallow very well.  These means he can be moved to a "Level 2 diet" which requires chewing.  He's been on regular foods for several days now, but they've all been pureed.  The spaghetti and meatballs he had for lunch were just plain weird.  Anyway, he really wants to chew his food so this was big news.  Hopefully tomorrow the new diet will start.  He is receiving about half of his nutrition through tube feeds at night and half as meals during the day.  I've been supplementing with milkshakes, jello, and Pepsi.  Hopefully he will start gaining weight in the near future!

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