I have to apologize for taking a couple day hiatus from blogging. We've been very busy taking care of Zane. In a typical day, we try to sleep in a little bit (still tired from the late night before), then we use our mornings to run a quick errand or take care of paying bills, etc. We get to the hospital around 11, once Zane's burn care/dressing changes are all done. The days are all a blur- we pretty much just help Zane eat, go for walks, entertain him with stories [which is why it would come in handy to have my sisters here :)], give him massages, or invent random things to keep him busy. We're usually there until 10:30 or 11pm at least, until he falls asleep. It's been difficult for him to sleep so he likes to have me stay with him until he dozes off.
In the past few days, a lot of big things have happened. Zane's up to taking 9 or 10 laps around the floor per day, usually in groups of 3 or 4 at a time. He's barely using the walker for support now, and we plan to take it away at some point today or tomorrow. His strength in his legs is getting MUCH better, and his arms are progressing as well. It will take a while for him to be able to do normal things with his arms and hands again, but he's certainly made great strides towards getting there. Again, the therapists are amazed at his progress.
Zane's slowly getting more and more 'tubes' out. Yesterday morning his trach was removed altogether. The hole in his neck will heal in on its own, but it takes a few days. In the meantime, we have to hold pressure on it when he goes to talk or cough, otherwise the air comes right out his throat rather than his mouth or nose. This should help so he doesn't cough as much, which should also allow him to get better sleep.
Zane's central IV line in his neck was removed last night. They now just have a small access line in his left arm. He's definitely happier without all that stuff on his neck! We heard that his catheter will probably come out today, as he's more able to get up and get to a bathroom.
Each day is definitely showing progress. It's never quite as fast as Zane would like though- he's been ready to go home since he woke up. Please pray that God will both help him to progress speedily and be patient with his body. We've entered the most progressive phase of his recovery, but also the toughest on Zane.. and us. Zane was pretty quiet yesterday, and I could tell he had a lot on his mind. He's still keeping his spirits up, and trusting God to see him through, but it is hard on him at times when he realizes the extent of his rehab. Of course, it's hard for us to see him having a hard time- we work extra hard all day to keep things upbeat and positive & it's pretty draining. But, our God is STILL faithful. He is STILL renewing us, and giving us all that we need to go on.
I had a talk with Zane yesterday afternoon when we were by ourselves about perspective. I told him that what got me through the first four weeks was allowing God to shape my perspective. Each day may be tough- we may not enjoy each moment, but each moment and each day is one more that we weren't sure we would have. God gave us many more days and moments, and that in itself is enough reason to praise Him. So we'll take each moment as it comes, and remember that it is a priceless, precious gift that we do not deserve. Thank God that He can shape our thoughts.