Eric didn't do so well off the ventilator. Currently, he's on BiPAP, a type of ventilation where he receives pressure to help him breath via a snug-fitting mask on his face. We have no idea how long he can tolerate this, it's somewhat uncomfortable to have that big mask tight on his face, or how long he can continue to breath on his own. He's very weak, still very short of breath. He may at some point have to be re-intubated and put back on the vent.
Our pastor Fred Seay and his wife Ruth came to visit yesterday and they brought Andrew and my mother-in-law with them. It was great to see them all yesterday. Andrew did a funny thing sometime in the past six weeks we've been apart. He grew several inches. He's been not quite as tall as me for the longest time. And yesterday, when he and I hugged, Bob noticed Drew is taller than me. Wow, when did that happen? I really miss him.
A pediatric ICU is a sad place. So many very sick kids. I see and hear so many parents crying. I don't know their stories. I can only pray for them, as you all have been praying for us. Surely, your relentless prayers, thoughts, concerns, and support have been what sustains us.