Here’s a quick update in the form of an e-mail I sent my friends back home in West Virginia:
My Dad’s kind of like watching the Mountaineers play. He can’t just win. He’s got to keep it interesting and then he wins — but not before he puts you on the edge of your seat and makes you say a lot of colorful dirty words at the field.
To recap, Saturday my Dad was in septic shock. His heart rate was 168 and he essentially crashed. He’s still under heavy medication for a general infection (they still can’t find it). The high-duty antibiotics are giving him some kidney failure issues, but the doctors feel good that they’re not permanent or long-lasting, but they want to watch him very carefully.
Basically, neurologically — rocking. Physically, he’s like a Pinto — or an AMC Pacer at this point — with a rusted door painted primer red.
However, today, he spent an hour with a physical, speech and occupational therapist. She tried to hook something up to his trach (he’s fully breathing on his own now) so he could speak, and he couldn’t speak yet, but he CAN swallow. She also tried having him use a spoon to eat ice chips. He can put the spoon in the ice, and lift his arm enough but Mom said he’s having a little trouble hitting his actual pie hole. 🙂 At any rate, Mom is feeding him ice chips right now and he’s swallowing them COMPLETELY ON HIS OWN and he’s been awake ALL DAY. He’s currently enjoying the US Open and hoping Tiger Woods doesn’t blow it.
Him eating the ice chips is a huge step and it should also help with the kidney problems because it’s continued fluids into his system, so needless to say, this is a huge blessing for us, especially with what happened Saturday.
He’s definitely keeping this interesting, but we’ve got a long, long way to go. I just wanted to let you all know how he was doing because it’s been about a week since the last update.
Thank you guys for sticking with me — I will be back soon. 🙂 You know, once I stop spending all week at work and all weekend on the road. Keep the big guy in your thoughts, though!