Saw Dad 4 times yesterday and he was awake and alert each time. He wants to get out of there, but can’t yet…
They removed the breathing tube a few days ago, but still have the feeding tube in through his nose. In fact, he’s apparently started having difficulty swallowing “correctly” (maybe because they’ve had to intubate several times over the last 2 weeks?), so there was some talk of putting a “PEG tube” in case he needs nutrition for an extended period of time while working on re-learning to swallow so that he doesn’t aspirate food and liquids into his lungs. But, before that could happen, he developed Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots) in his legs, so they are currently dealing with that. A speech therapist will hopefully start working with him today on the swallowing issue, and hopefully the treatments they’ve been giving him for the DVT issue will allow them to get him back up on his feet without fear of the clots causing an “issue”.
I picked up Don at the airport on Saturday evening and dropped Chris off at the airport this morning. Don will be here a week and Chris will be back early next week for another week long visit. Hopefully by the time she gets back, Dad will be in the rehab center instead of the hospital, but he’s got to get well enough to get out of the CSU first.