Today was a big jump towards ventilator freedom!
At the morning visit Lenny was sleepy, but awake enough to know I was there. We chatted a little but mostly I stood there while he rested. You can see him fighting sleep now by his eyes. It is like now that the one eye is open he feels he needs it open all the time.
By the afternoon visit he was in the chair that he hates. It looks like a bed, but the feet are down at the floor. I don't know why he hates it, he just does. He was looking around a lot, because in the chair he can see the whole area he is in and all the people. I would think he would like that, but he hates that chair. His nurse told me he had only been in the chair for an hour and they want him in it as long as possible to help keep his lungs clear, but all Lenny wanted to know is when he can back in the bed. She told us it would be a couple hours and he gave us the "ok" hand gesture. He understands. So now for the best news of all, the doctors come through about 11am and they changed his vent trials. Today Lenny has been off the vent for 3 hours, then on for 1 hour, and it keeps rotating 3 off 1 on, etc. etc. and he has been doing fantastic!
This afternoon my friend Melisa came to the hotel and brought me a home cooked meal, Turkey Chili with Cornbread. It was wonderful, thank you so much! All I eat is take out or microwave food so it was FANTASTIC to have a home cooked meal.
At the evening visit he was back in bed and out for the count. I know he is out when I arrive and I take his hand and nothing. I was so glad he was resting. The nurse told me as soon as he got back in bed he was out.
At the night visit he was fully awake and we chatted away, well I chatted and he did Lenny Sign Language. I read to him the recap of the Laker Game today (GO LAKERS) and he was glad to hear they had won. I updated him on how things are at home and just some stories about friends here and there, it was so nice to have such an exchange with him. Before we knew it our time was up and I had to go. He was happy and smiling and we said goodnight.
Each day that comes is just better and better, as to be expected. We are on the road to recovery, it is going to be a long one, but we are going to be just fine.
Lenny and I love you all!