Today was a surprisingly good day. Brooke was in good spirits as he learns to communicate better with his trach. He even wanted to watch TV, which is so unlike him. His lungs are definitely improving and they've stopped using the heavy duty antibiotics (he is just on the common garden variety now). There is still work to be done on his lungs and he will remain in the SICU until the lungs are more stable. Because he is on a ventilator, his lungs are compromised and susceptible to even the smallest of germs and bugs. Once SICU considers him stable, he will be moved to an acute care floor and then to the rehab unit. Doctors from many different specialties (rehab, occupational therapy, etc.) came to see him today, giving us the indication that they are beginning to look long term, rather than focusing on day-to-day survival.
Someone asked how Peggy is doing... she is doing OK now, given that she has such a huge family and friend support network. I worry how she will deal with all of this once the family leaves (we will be back but not all together), so I'm hoping that everyone will rally around her in the next few weeks (and months). She will need people to visit and sit with Brooke (since she can't be there all the time) and make sure that she is taking care of herself.
Please continue your good wishes and thoughts, as we can all but feel the energy being sent his way.