The biggest news is that he just completed his first walking lap around the "fish bowl" which is the main desk in the cardiac unit. The loop is around 150ft, which we decided means he hit a long single, rounded first base thinking double, but had to head back to first. But yay base hit! He said being up and walking around actually feels even better than sitting down. Because he was able to do his walk, they were able to remove his power compression socks which help to circulate his blood. Dad was very happy about this since the compression socks feel a little "creepy" as they turn on/off to push blood up from your extremities.
Dad has also started using his incentive spirometry machine. This helps him test and improve his breathing capacity. Right now, his goal is 750mL, and he has to try and hit it 10x per hour. That goal will go up over time as he continues to recover.
Overall, lots of great news to share. We read the blog and Facebook comments to him and he was so happy to hear all the messages that you have been sharing. He really feels the support and love, so thank you!
Andrew, Abby, and Leslie