Less pain, wow. And more progress. Progress in vent weaning (details in a future post, both about what’s happening now and about what can be expected when he gets to South Davis, for the further stages of vent weaning.) Today, though, it’s about the left hand.
There’s an item taped to the wall in Brooke’s room now, among the hundred cards (and they’re still not all up yet)—it’s a little plastic talcum-powder bottle, partly empty, so it doesn’t even weigh the couple of ounces it did when it was full. But it’s an historic item now, inscribed with magic marker: “First Item Picked Up, Feb. 21.” It wouldn’t be heavy lifting for anybody else, but it is a big achievement here: the thumb and the forefinger on the left hand managed to grasp it and hold it off the table for a full 15 seconds.
And there’ll be more news soon: we’ve finally learned who the flight nurse was who saved Brooke’s life at the time of the accident. Remarkable, wonderful, to meet with her. Details soon. You’ll like her.