One big success, he is completely off the ventilator!! Hooray! He is breathing on his own through his trach tube in his lower neck, with warm, humidified oxygen being pumped around the opening to help loosen the secretions and make it easier for him to cough up. He is tracking with his eyes a lot more. When a person comes in the room he turns his head slightly and focuses on them. He's showing more facial expressions, yawning, grimacing when the doctors manage to upset him, which is inherently almost every activity that they do. He is moving his arms and legs more. If he doesn't like something he will move his hand up to try to swat it or push it away. He is still not following commands consistently, but it is still early. He is very taken with the squishy neoprene balls he has. He plays with them and twirls and squeezes them constantly.
Mom and Dad are looking at places that provide acute and intermediate care, the next step. We will keep you updated on that. Thanks for all the love, we definitely feel it from everyone. We will try to post earlier tomorrow evening.
Austin, Forrest, and family