We have so much to be thankful for. Dad's extubation today went even better than we expected!! Thank you for your prayer. What would life be without prayer warriors!!! The doc says his diaphram is really strong and it has enabled him to have a very productive cough. I learned today that is vital after you have been intubated. He coughed, and coughed and coughed more....which is really good. It has been painful for him, but he has tolerated morphine very well. Thank you Jesus for morphine. He will probably cough for several more days. Dad will remain in icu for probably 2 more days and then to a step-down unit. I think it is called progressive care.
His vocal chords are swollen and he cannot talk, but that will improve daily. It is so good to see him awake. He has been in a deep sleep (sedation) since Thursday morning. No life to him whatsoever. It was a blessing for him to sleep because the intubation is not a pretty thing. The nurses decreased his sedation twice a day to rouse him briefly in order to check his ability to come out of the sedation. That was difficult, but they would increase the meds soon after that.
My brothers and sister that are here have been so faithful to take off work and be with Mom. I have been thankful to be able to be here a few days to help out, but what a relief to know they take such good care of my mom and dad. They all work also and it is not an easy thing to always be here, but they do not hesitate. My sister-in-law brought a home-cooked meal to us last night. It was really nice. She had baked ham, fresh green beans, red potatoes, sliced tomatoes and green onions and these wonderful cornbread muffins. It was really good.
My sister will be here from Chicago tomorrow to take over when I go home. I am so thankful she will be here. Please continue to pray for healing for my dad and strength daily for mom and dad.
Blessings Memaw Barbie