This morning started off with the respiratory therapist coming in and checking the amount of air coming out of the trach, He was looking for a specific number to see if he could cap the trach for Shane to be able to talk and the number was too high. The therapist said he was going to talk to one of the trach doctors and would get back with us later in the day. We had also been told that ENT would be coming in to look at the edema. After the respiratory therapist left Shane and I prayed for healing of his body and for the swelling in his throat. About thirty minutes later the respiratory therapist returned and had a smaller size valve to replace the valve in his trach. As soon as he changed it, Shane began to speak and was so happy that he could once again communicate with his voice. So very grateful to the therapist who decided to try the smaller valve. The ENT came in and said the edema had gone down so much, that we could begin working towards the trach coming out for good. This would take a few days, however great news. The next step he needed to accomplish was the swallow test. He was taken to radiology and had to have a barium swallowing test. He passed, with a small restriction on his liquid intake, it needed to be a certain thick consistency but he would now be able to eat once again with no restriction. About six o’clock this evening his feeding tube was removed. Shane’s first request was for a very rich coffee milk shake from friendly’s. Chelsea and I were off to Friendly’s to oblige Shane. The smile was huge as he had his first beverage in thirty-two days. Now get this; after this (and this is icing on the cake) one of the trauma team Doctors came in to tell us that with the day that Shane had and the improvements, there is a 95% chance he will leave the hospital tomorrow for his rehab facility. Chelsea has already gotten dibs on being the transit rider in the ambulance and Shane and her have already strategized a plan to run the emergency lights and sirens during the commute. The plan (one that we set up 4 weeks ago) appears to be coming to fruition: if all falls into place he will be on his way to the rehab hospital. As we give thanks to GOD for the healing that is taking place in Shane. we also want to thank you for your continued prayers and support.