If you guys enjoyed reading about Zane's progress on Friday, you're going to love yesterday's! I think I'm going to have to start posting updates in the mornings.. Zane has been keeping us busy until pretty late at night. We got back around 11:30pm last night. He had a HUGE day, though.
Yesterday afternoon he got up to walk with the thoracic walker again. This time, not only did he get out of his room, but he walked all the way around his unit (the burn/trauma ICU). I'm a horrible person to try and estimate distance, but I'm guessing the trip would be at least 150 feet. He's standing up straighter & taking larger steps. One of his nurses was sitting on the other side of the unit and when Zane walked by she said something like, "Wow, you came all the way out here to see me!". Zane responded, "Well, you didn't come visit me in my room so I had to come see you!". They all got a good chuckle out of it. We joked that he was putting on a parade & showing off and he just smiled and nodded.
When he was done his walk, he came back and sat down in a wheel chair in his room. After we got all his tubes & wires situated, his nurse surprised us all by telling him he was going outside! We figured it would be at least a week before this would happen. But, his vitals were all really strong and it was a beautiful day in Boston yesterday. He was so happy to be outside in the sun and fresh air. We were marveling at his progress today and his nurse asked him what they were going to do tomorrow. His answer was, "Go to Fenway" (for non-baseball following readers, that's the home of the Red Sox, of course). :)
Zane got in his chair a few times throughout the day, and even went for another walk around the ICU. All the nurses and doctors were seriously just staring in disbelief. Everyone got giddy like a bunch of little kids at Christmas!
Another BIG step came later in the evening. Because he'd done so well off the ventilator, they put a cap on his trach that blocks off all airflow. This allowed him to breathe just like normal and talk with his regular voice. They were wondering how he'd do, but in normal fashion he blew everyone away and did perfectly. There was some talk about taking the trach out altogether today, but his surgeon requested that they leave it in for a few days- not because he needs it right now, but because they're planning another surgery & would rather use the trach to ventilate him while sedated rather than orally intubating again. The surgery will entail some "touch-up" work on his stomach and armpits. The armpits are the trickiest area to graft, and his stomach seems to be growing a lot of hypertrophic tissue. This basically means that rather than normal skin growing in from the sides, excess scar tissue builds up and grows out.
Zane also had his first "food" today. He had some chicken broth, Italian ice, custard, and a half a protein shake. We went to the grocery store to get him some yummy food- Ben & Jerry's, double chocolate pudding, and plenty of delicious protein shakes.
Last night we read Zane some of the things people wrote in his visitor's journal. He loved hearing what went on while he was sleeping and who was here. He seemed to just be overcome with thankfulness for all the support. When he found out that he was being prayed for across the world in churches, schools, college campuses, homes and even on national television he said he knew why he had healed so fast- it was the power of God. We agree.. God is the only explanation for Zane's superstar performance yesterday. We are SO looking forward to what today will bring.
Zane gave me permission to share the following pictures with you: