We are pleased to report that there has been good progress in Chico. While we are still cautiously optimistic, we quietly celebrate victories along the way. These last couple days have illustrated how long the last two weeks have truly been, and how even a small “win” can lift a great deal if weight off ones shoulders.
Sunday was more of the same, a lot of sleeping and occasionally somewhat alert enough to gently respond to questions from visitors. Alli and Jack were there (among other family members) to acknowledge Fathers Day…nice day with family. As had become somewhat routine, Dave did have another bronch treatment and did continue to have breathing support through the trach all while battling pneumonia. Late Sunday night, possibly due to extremely heightened activity in the neighboring room (emotions from distraught family members of a neighboring patient), Dave grew anxious and communicated to the nurses that he wanted Anneliese there (she had stepped out briefly after a full day). She rushed back to the hospital to find a much more alert and communicative Dave who inquired (through signals and gestures, since he still can’t speak with his trach) where he was and what had happened (at this time, he has no recollection of the crash). He even managed, with assistance, to write a note to Anneliese…”love you.” From there, this first night of being more alert was still a long one. Dave woke frequently, and wanted reassurance that Anneliese was there with him….of course, she was. We wonder if the commotion next door motivated Dave to push a little harder into the next phase of his recovery.
Monday was a pivotal day in level of alertness and psychological motivation. Dave began to truly exhibit a drive to “get this show on the road.” Continuing on this trend, Monday brought another bronch treatment. This time they took a culture and are administering a new antibiotic formula directed at his particular infection. He also showed more vigor in trying to pull himself up by the bed rails, and did sit upright with assistance twice on Monday. What’s even better, he began to breath “room air,” the first step toward removing the trach (which is still sometime away, but we are a step in the right direction).
Today, Tuesday, Dave continued to breath room air, had another bronch treatment, and continued to astound us with his drive. Today, he sat up in a chair for the first time since his crash, and even offered a smile! They swapped out his trach to a “collar trach” which does not force air in as the previous version had, but rather blows air by to assist with more typical breathing. He was also given applesauce to test his ability to swallow, which is a necessary step toward ditching his feeding tube. He did well. Additionally, Dave’s friend Craig was in the room, and at one point Dave motioned to him to come over and help him sit up. Once sitting, Dave plugged his trach and whispered “thank you little buddy!” Not a dry eye in the room! Pouring on the charm, Dave alerted the nurses that his mom had also been a nurse for 35-years. He then thanked them for all they’d done for him.
What a week so far. Again, we have long road ahead, but we are thrilled to report progress. Please continue sending positive thoughts and prayers. We are pleased to be able to provide a meaningful and positive report, and we’ll hope to continue to have more for you, Dave’s adoring supporters!
The Stanton Family