Monday, March 21, 2011
Each Day More Progress
Bob was able to be off of the vent for 12 hours today! That was the goal that his doctors had set for him and then overnight he will be on the vent to rest his lungs. Communication was easier today because Bob can write. He took notes as the doctor talked about different goals. We are also getting better at lip reading since he enunciates more clearly. We watched The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Mary Tyler Moore on CD's brought from home. We even worked a crossword puzzle together. Bob, the editor, is very good with words! I'm grateful for his help because I'm much better at Sudoku. This afternoon he was lifted to a special chair. While sitting there many of the nurses had to stop by and introduce themselves to Bob. Being in ICU for almost five weeks, I think every nurse has helped him in some way and wants to see his unbelievable progress. Today Bob was also planning his first meal. He actually had a taste for certain foods but he said he would settle for soup! Hopefully they will do a swallowing test tomorrow. His doctor reminded him that each day he is getting stronger and it will be easier to pass the test on the first try. Bob liked that idea!