Thanks again for checking in on Shane as we begin day 1 in his new room and modified care. The room is set up for 2 patients in a shared environment, but up until now he has had it to himself. He does have a great view of Hartford but as of yet has not been able to absorb it. He had a restful night. He was awoken this morning by the medical team assessing him. He has some swelling in his throat which is prohibitive of the trach being reduced in size; they hope to address that with some meds. The ear nose and throat team now seems to be in the forefront with the challenge of taking him to the next level of recovery, working to building up his throat area with swallowing and building up his general strength. The ultimate goal as of today is by the end of the upcoming week having him to begin rehab.
Shane had a special visitor today (Shane Masters) sat for most of the early afternoon with him along with his sister Chelsea. Shane’s level of agitation that was frequently exhibited in the trauma unit seems to be gone. During waking moments he seems to be very mellow and laid back. At this stage he is good with communicating writing on the clip board and is effective with it. This recovery process is a one day at a time deal; compared to 1 week ago there is a major difference: no respirator, no hand restraints, a new level of awareness, when awake the ability to interact, his knowledge of where he is at and what has occurred with him, no paranoid moments, a significant reduction in pain killers and psych drugs, his back wound is on the right track, he no longer is fighting a fever or infection, and he is no longer in the trauma unit: I would have to say that is progress!!!
Our continued prayer is that you will be blessed in ways beyond what we can ask or think: again, thank you!!