This morning we were waiting for Wellpath to approve Garren's move to rehab. The ICU doctors are ready to move Garren out. Yesterday the plan was to move him directly to rehab. This morning they were talking about moving Garren to a progressive care floor because they did not know when the insurance company would come through. So...I got on the phone, and our representative made a quick phone call to the insurance company. She called back within about 10 minutes and informed me that the insurance company had given authorization at 8:47 this morning. As I was writing this the charge nurse came and told me that my quick action got us the last available bed in rehab! Praise God! There was another patient that was vying for the same bed. Thank you Lord, we got it and we will be moving today!
Garren was on pressure support all night. This morning around 9am they took him off of the vent completely. Right now he is breathing on his own, with just a small stream of oxygen blowing over his airways. They will watch and see how Garren does with the breathing. It could be for an hour, it could be more, it just all depends on Garren.
The neuro-surgeon came in this morning to see Garren. He asked how Garren was doing. He waved his hand quickly toward Garren's face (his eyes were opened). You or I would blink, flinch, react to such a move. He said that it's like Garren is underwater, that things are blurry, not clear enough to see and react the way he needs to. He said we just need Garren to "break through the surface" of the water.
Pray that Garren will "break through the surface."