Forrest had a great breakfast this morning. Following breakfast he had his casts cut off and reapplied. As his ligaments and muscles get realigned, he should soon be in a removable set of casts that he only needs to wear for part of the day. He had a good lunch, unfortunately followed by a coughing spell that caused him to gag and lose his lunch. He's still getting used to the new trach and his airway is still sensitive. The docs are deciding whether his trach can be removed before his lid gets put back on in a few weeks, since he will need to be intubated and the tissue in his trachea needs to be healed before that happens. It may be the safest course to wait until after the surgery, that decision will be made soon.
After lunch he had more therapy, including playing Wii bowling standing up (while supported)!! His therapists met with Mom and Dad to have a goal setting meeting today. They discussed areas of rapid improvement (his muscles, physical stamina and coordination, and his speech), and areas that need particular focus (his orientation of where he is, his focus and short term memory). They reminded us that it's still early in the game and he's made remarkable progress in the last couple of weeks.
The least fun part of his day was the endoscopy, where one of the respiratory specialists examined his upper airway with an imaging device. They're still concerned about his larynx, trachea, and upper airway. The examination seemed to suggest his upper airway is improving. Luckily he has an excellent cough which is important to clearing mucous and protecting his airway.
He's sleeping soundly right now. The Doctors have adjusted his sleeping medicine so that he sleeps longer at night. Right now he's surrounded in about a million pillows and looks pretty darn comfortable.
Austin and Team Forrest
I figured Sundance should make the blog. He's being trained to be a therapy dog while we're in Atlanta. He's currently staying with a trainer and working toward impeccable manners. He has a genuine heart of gold and does wonders for everyone's spirits. Here's a picture I took when he and I took a walk in the park... typical Sundance.