I spoke with Dr. Thompson today, and we'll go to his office this Thursday morning to have the trach taken out. What a milestone day that will be! Certainly, it will be a major step in Eric feeling "normal" again.
Everything is looking up right now. Eric had a super, fun workout at PT/OT today. His blood pressure has been lower for four days now and all his other vital signs are excellent.
If anything at all is an issue, it's his lack of appetite and inability to eat much at a time. He's rarely hungry, and when he does eat, he gets full very quickly. Not good when you're trying to gain weight! It's amazing to me that he hasn't lost weight since his NG tube came out last Tuesday. But so far, he's managed to gain almost one pound since then. That's a big drop compared to the 0.5 pounds a day he was gaining with the NG feeds. But if he can continue to gain 1 pound a week, we'd be okay with that.
Post-PT Sonic snack . . . sausage biscuit dippers, tots, and a lemon slush.