All of Drew’s dreams came true today. After yesterdays request for a donut, we asked the doctor when he could get the feeding tube out. A speech therapist was sent in to test his swallowing. He passed and was rewarded with a snack pack. Drew’s eyes were wide- it reminded me of a 9 year old being handed a hundred-dollar bill. The snack pack had no chance, it was gone in three bites.
With a lot of help, Drew sat in the big chair today- it made him nauseous again. Then back into bed for the plasma-exchange. For lunch John, Julia and I escaped from the hospital to get the best BBQ in Orlando, 4Rivers. We returned to find Drew free from his feeding tube and snacking on a delicious edible arrangement. Fruit galore!
All around this day has been great- Drew has shown big improvements. We are now thinking of what the next weeks and months will look like. He has been accepted for inpatient rehabilitation here at Winter Park Memorial- they think he will spend 2 to 4 weeks there but he can’t start until he is medically stable. He is in pain now and they are giving him some meds for it.
The rehab won’t stop there- but that is as far as we are thinking ahead right now. If I’ve learned anything it’s to take it one day at a time. It scares me to think of next month but I know God will give me what I need to make it through today. I’ve got to run, we are moving out of ICU… finally!