Day 41. We are 7 days from bringing Garren home. Garren slept well last night. His first night at 7 hours with vent support. He had been at 10 hours. Tonight they are backing him down to 5 hours. We are pretty sure the doc wants to get him off the vent before we go home.
Garren continues to do new little things each day. Yesterday he vertically tracked with both eyes. First time that has happened. Up and down, consistently following light and objects. While sitting in his chair, his left arm was moving a lot. One of the therapists saw his arm movements and is convinced that this is intentional, that Garren is intentionally trying to move his left arm.
Tara is really excited about Garren’s eye movements. She thinks we might be close to being able to commnicate. She talked about having two flashcards: “Yes” and “No.” You hold the “Yes” card up high and hold the “No” card down low, then ask Garren yes/no questions. The idea is that he would look up for “Yes” or down for “No.” We’ll see.
Nancy and I have a checklist of things we are being “trained” to do. We will be responsible for most of Garren’s medical care when we go home, so we have to be able to do it all. So far I have more items signed off than Nancy.
Garren's new room continues to progress. The electrician is working on it now (10pm and he's still working hard). Inspections tomorrow, then drywall. It's all coming together.
We have also found a good possibility for a van. It's a really good deal, though I can't share details with you right now. All I can say is God is really taking care of things. Thank you Lord.