Eric has been off the ventilator for eleven days now and doing fantastic. Nevertheless, when I informed Dr. Sockrider, she requested a sleep study to verify that he's okay sleeping without it. She wanted us to come to Houston to do this, but I said we've got sleep labs right here in Lake Charles. The sleep center at Memorial Hospital is scheduling into September, but, with a call from our friend Dr. Thompson, they squeezed us in with a cancellation tomorrow night. I'm not worried that he needs the vent to sleep. But I do hope the study will shed some light as to why he claims to be so sleepless every night. According to Eric, he awakens each night between midnight and 2:00, and just lays there the rest of the night. He doesn't know why.
We ran into Dr. Thompson at Memorial today while we were there pre-registering Eric for tomorrow night's study. He could tell Eric had gained weight (13 pounds since we've been home). And he said he thinks Eric is more than ready to lose the trach. Let's hope the Houston doctors concur.
PT/OT went well today. Eric continues to get stronger every day. Percussion/marimba lessons are challenging for Eric. He's not used to playing chords or trying to look down at the keys and the music at the same time. But he's giving it a shot.
Post PT Sonic snack . . . Super Sonic Jalapeno Cheeseburger and an apple limeade.