Just wanted to post another quick update this evening. Zane has made some big improvements today, and they're just too awesome not to share. First of all, he is totally off his IV meds. We walked in this afternoon to find his IV pump totally shut off and were thrilled! He's no longer getting continuous infusions of IV meds for sedation or pain.
Secondly, they moved him from the bed into the recliner with the ceiling lift again today. He sat up for about 2 hours and his vitals stayed strong the whole time. He finally asked to be put back in bed because his butt hurt.
Third, they trach-collared him for almost 4 hours today. This means they shut off the ventilator and let him breathe on his own, while wearing a "collar" that humidifies the air he breathes in. This is great progress for his lungs and is a step towards getting rid of the trach altogether. They had another surprise waiting for us when we got back from getting supper- they were able to put on what's called a passy-muir valve, which allows him to speak in a mecahnic-like voice. It was fantastic to hear him talk & he was pretty happy himself. He was asking us different questions and even quoted a few lines from "The Ringer", joking around (his family will appreciate this!). He wanted us to make sure his family knew that he loved them & to let the "guys at work" know that he thanked them for their prayers & support.
For those of you who told me to "bring on the sap", I do have one make-me-blush moment to share. As I was walking in to Zane's room this morning, he looked at his male nurse and mouthed, "Isn't she beautiful?". I just shook my head.. he must be trying to get more foot massages! :)
We are definitely on another high tonight. These were all big steps, and we are just praising God for the progress! ALL the glory goes to HIM. He has been working miracles from day one and we will ever be thankful.