Garren is cracking us up! He is so positive, and so funny! Yesterday I brought home a little squirt gun (I won it at our staff outing - my team rocked the scavenger hunt!) I didn't know if Garren would be able to squeeze the little trigger, but I tried anyway. I filled it with water and gave it to him. He immediately started squirting us. He especially enjoyed squirting Kara and Kelsey!
I needed to go to Best Buy, so I asked Garren if he wanted to go. He said sure. So we loaded up the family and headed out. After Best Buy, Kara needed to go to Target, so we headed there next. As we were walking through the store, Garren started pointing the way, telling us where to turn. He eventually led us to the freezer case. His favorite treat from Target are Dibs (little bite sized chocolate covered ice-cream bits). We all stood and had a great laugh together. All Garren can think about is eating real food. Tonight a commercial for Longhorn came on TV, and Garren said "Mmmmmmmm."
When we left the hospital, we left with lots of unanswered questions. The more we deal with the "pros" the more we realize - they are not used to dealing with people who get well, or at least who progress as quickly as Garren does. His trach has always been something that Nancy and I knew would be temporary. But we haven't been able to get any direction on how or when it would come out. Even today in conversation with the speech therapist, we hear talk as though it could be permanent. (Of course, we know it's not, it's just that we can't seem to get everyone else to understand this with us). So by the hand of God, we were able to get an appointment squeezed in tomorrow with the pulmonologist (lung doctor). After having heard how much Garren has progressed since he left the hospital, he wants to see Garren and start working on a plan for removing the trach.
The big prayer right now is that we will finally get some answers, and that Garren's trach will be removed soon. Garren told me today that he can't wait to get rid of it.