Shane continues to rest today. The medical staff is working with different meds that will assist him with controlling mood swings. Although pretty sedated he does open his eyes and acknowledge us in the room. The nurse asked him if wanted to watch some football which he shook his head yes; he set up the TV for him. Not sure what he understands but it’s encouraging to see him respond as small as the responses are. They continue to have the drain device set up for yesterday’s back procedure; the Dr said the cultures of the wound look good. His older brother Tyler is with us since the latter part of this week from Virginia, which has been awesome: Shane has an incredible bond with his older brother and sister.
The plan this week will involve the probable insertion of the trachea on Monday. This will provide some relief to his throat and enable him to talk when he is cognizant to do so. The 1st two times when the air tube was removed and he became anxious they placed a mask over his nose and mouth for oxygen. This proved to be somewhat invasive for him which he fought and may have incited his agitation. With no need for the mask perhaps this will provide a calmer setting. Shane is an incredibly strong young man with an amazing spirit; we love him so much and are fighting one step at a time to get him back. Thank you for your continued thoughts, love, and prayer and for your words of comfort and wisdom; your ministry to us has been amazing! May the outflow of blessing to you be multiplied many fold and beyond what we can begin to ask or think! Again, thank you!