Before Garren can go to rehab, he will need to get a tracheostomy. This is a normal procedure for patients in situtations similar to Garren's. Right now Garren has a breathing tube. It goes through his mouth and into his airway. It is connected to a ventilator, which helps manage his breathing. He has been consistently breathing over the ventilator for several days now.
A tracheostomy is a surgically created opening in the neck leading directly to his breathing tube. This procedure will allow Garren to remove the breathing tube from his mouth and throat, and will help speed up his recovery.
Once he has this procedure, we will have to wait up to 7 days, depending on the surgeon and how Garren is doing otherwise, before they will let him go to rehab. We are supposed to meet with the surgeon today, and they are looking at Friday to insert his trach.
Garren had a good night. His eye openings seem to last a little longer each time. He is also starting to respond to pain a little bit more.
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