Today proved to be somewhat of an eventful day, all postitive from how it intially began. It all started with the possibility of new back surgery due to what the nurses thought was more than normal leakage from the intial surgery 9 days ago. As it turns out the surgeon was not concerned with the leakage and simply stated they would continue to monitor; no need for other surgery.
The medical staff coninued to ween him off of his sedative medication and he is continuing to progress with taking preliminary steps to waking up. Last night he was opening his eyes and it seemed to me he was doing his best to try to find himself in the situation, trying hard to figure it out, or working to piece it together. Today, the medical phycologist periodically addressed him with questions in which he responded with a head nod or hand jesture. Each time they began to talk specifically about the car accident he would close his eyes seemingly indicating he did not want to go down that road as of yet. At one point when the Dr. left and the nurse began to speak he immediately opened his eyes and was responsive to her; Shane has always been head strong with knowing what he wants and knows how to get it; he is an amazing young man.
The great news is that he has been restful all day when being spoken to and at those times been in control, not exhibiting the anxious behavior that prompted him to be quieted medically. The hope is that tomorrow we will continue to progress to the point of removing the air tube and him continuning to wake up. Today is the completion of his 11th day in Bed #2 at the ICU trauma unit; an amazing reality. A Dr. told me early on that when Shane is ready to move forward he will let us know. As he progresses they would follow his lead and respond accordingly.
I heard a broadcast a few days ago that made reference to a scripture verse: Habakkuk 2.3. It says: “for the vision is yet for an appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” What a powerful word for us at this time. We believe Shanes healing is iminent, but truly will occur in its due time, and in its own way. The very difficult thing is to be patient and let it run its proper course; it is a process and a journey. Thank you for standing with us during this time and in the gap in prayer for Shane; words cannot express our overwhelming gratitude!