I think we've hit the point where we're going to see pretty awesome improvement on a daily basis now. Zane not only went walking today, but he took FOUR separate trips! The first time he went around the ICU again, and the rest of the times he went around the entire floor. It's roughly a 300 foot walk around- we were SO proud! He was so tired out that he fell asleep around 8:30 tonight.
Today Zane started eating regular meals. He had peaches & Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie for supper.. not exactly balanced meals, but it's a start. Right now, they're just trying to pack in the protein and calories. He's still receiving tube feeds at night to supplement what he's eating during the day. He's still requiring about 3,200 calories per day. As soon as he can get enough calories by eating and drinking, the feeding tube will be removed. I'm guessing it will be a matter of a few days.
Zane's upper body movement has improved drastically. When he first woke up he pretty much couldn't move his arms on his own at all. He's now picking his arms up several inches. He has great movement in his left hand, but is very limited in his right. His right was burned worse and he seems to have some nerve damage as he doesn't have feeling in that hand. His arm mobility is improving dramatically. With assistance, he touched his forehead with his left hand today. His strength is his biggest challenge right now, but he's working extremely hard to get it back. He asks mom and I to help him all the time to stretch and work his muscles.
I truly treasure the moments that I get to spend with Zane alone each day. This morning I read him a few emails I'd received from people telling me that they had either come back to their faith or found new faith because of Zane's story. He looked at me and said, "That makes this worth it". I just stood there, in awe of my amazing husband. He said that all he's gone through and will have to go through is worth it just to have others find a relationship with our Savior. All the pain, all the struggle, the years of negative effects he'll experience because of this accident.... it's all worth it to him. His life is a living sacrifice dedicated in the most powerful way to sharing what we have with others. He said, "Honey, I'm the example and you're the hands of God". We are truly embracing this whole situation as a gift to be able to do more for Christ than we ever thought we could.