Over the next few hours, he wrote a few messages to us (and cracked a joke!). His breathing numbers got to a point where they were comfortable removing his breathing tube, which is a big relief to him. He is now able to speak quietly and seems alert. He said he feels like he got hit by a train ("wham" was the word he used). Probably a fair description. We are doing our best to help him combat dry mouth and throat from the breathing tube and liquid restrictions using ice chips. He says the pain when he's resting is a 1 of 10, but the pain when coughing or moving his arms is higher. He's in and out a bit as he dozes off, sleep and rest is the best thing so we are happy when that is possible. Nurse Francesca is taking good care of him.
He was super thrilled to hear all the comments and well wishes. The three of us are so happy and thankful he is progressing well - he is a rockstar! Please keep praying for a successful recovery as we keep checking off the milestones.
Love to all,
Andrew, Abby, and Leslie