Today was another big day. We went in to see Zane earlier today & he woke up again for us. The nurse paged the respiratory therapist to come up & place a device on the trach that allowed him to talk. He's still VERY high and very out of it because of the meds, but he was pretty responsive. He was having a hard time coughing again. The only words we heard him say were "it makes me hurt" in reference to the coughing. Just hearing words from him was fantastic, even though I hate to see him hurt.
The nurse told us before we left that his back wasn't looking too good and that the whole thing would need to be grafted on Friday. My heart sunk, of course, when I heard this. But, the doctor could have a different opinion and we still have several days for that to change. We fully believe God can still heal his back. So, we ask you to send up some FIERCE prayers for healing on his back. If God decides to heal it, the glory will go directly to him- it would be a miracle for all the doctors and nurses to see. If God decides not to, we will still praise him for the other miracles He has performed.
After going out to get a late lunch/early supper, we stopped back by the hospital. When I went in Zane's room, he woke up again. He'd been breathing on his own for a few hours. The nurse quickly grabbed the speaking device & put it back on because Zane had started mouthing words again. He looked at the nurse and said, "Where is she?". The nurse said, "Who?" & Zane responded, "my wife". AHH!!! The nurse told me to take my mask down so he could see my face. I leaned over in front of him & told him I was there with him. He looked at me and ever so quietly, but clearly said "I love you". If I could fly before, I could move mountains now. Mom and Dad both choked up when the nurse told them what he said.. and the nurse teared up herself!
They had to take the speaking device out because he was coughing again. I stepped to the end of the bed & rubbed his feet until he started to relax. I stopped after a bit and started to back away. It wasn't more than 5 seconds and his eyes popped right back open, he shook his head & wiggled his feet. I asked him "Honey, do you want me to stay?" & he nodded his head. So of course, I stayed and rubbed his feet until he was sleeping.
What. A. Blessing. I'm not going to lie, I had a hard time after the nurse told me about the grafting on his back. But, I should have known better than to get discouraged. God came right back with some even more encouraging moments. I am constantly reminded of His faithfulness. Our God is amazing.. I would not have made it thus far without Him.
Oh, and can I remind all of you that we are on day 13 since the accident & the doctors told us it would be a month before Zane would be at this point?!? Everyone talks about how young and healthy he is.. but I'm confident they'll start to realize before long that it's our Heavenly Father healing Zane.. nothing else will be a "logical" explanation. We are covering Zane's back in prayer right now & praising God for the incredible moment of communication today.