Watching Garren wake up is like that. Nancy and I stare at him all day. Nothing seems to change. But when we think about where he was a week ago, we are amazed at the progress he is making.
This morning the neuro-surgeon came to see Garren. I told to him that Garren's eyes stay open for longer periods of time now, that sometimes Garren blinks when I ask him to, and that Garren moved his toes. He said "This is the silent time. There will be slow progress while we wait for his brain to heal."
Later, the doctors making their rounds talked about Garren's breathing. They decided to try lowering Garren's ventilator rate from 6 to 4 (breaths per minute). Their goal is to get Garren vent free, possibly even this week.
Garren is on the waiting list for rehab. There are only 13 beds. As soon as one frees up, we are moving. That could happen anytime in the next 2-3 days. Rehab is on the 4th floor in the same building we are in now, so we won't have to move far.
And finally, tonight Garren moved his toes again. While we were talking to him, encouraging him to move his toes, he also moved his left thumb.
The doctors are saying positive things like they haven't since we've been here. We're trying to take this all in stride. We realize there will not always be good news. It's hard not to get too excited with the great things that have happened today.
I am looking forward to rehab. It will be a lot of work, but it's got to be better than sitting around watching paint dry!