Josh has had a very good week. The team at Polytrauma have been working on capping trials with Josh throughout the week. This basically means that they plug the hole in Josh's trache to force Josh to breathe through his nose and mouth. They started with capping the trache for a few hours at a time and worked up to a 24 hour trial. Josh did great! The team will continue leaving Josh's trache capped for longer and longer periods of time. If Josh continues to do well, the trache will be removed and they will begin trying to get Josh on solid food. This is a big deal because it not only represents progress, but the removal of the trache with make Josh much less susceptible to pneumonia going forward.
Also....Josh's PT and OT tell us that they see small muscle movements each day that they had not seen the day before. Josh's brain is trying to connect the dots! Our prayer is that those small muscle movements begin to connect to one another and turn into large movements.
Today marks 4 months since the accident... wow.
That took a few minutes to sink in for me. It feels like 4 years. We have come a long way in these 4 months. Those first few days were a terrifying blur. None of us were thinking straight and I seemed like everything was happening in slow motion. Half of the time I was in Colorado, I could not even remember what floor of the hospital Josh was on. Those days were hectic, dark, and uncertain. Four months later there is more light but still plenty of uncertainty. I still do not understand why this happened and I know that I never will. I have come to terms with being 'OK' not having all the answers. I have learned a lot in these last 4 months. I have learned a lot about traumatic brain injuries and about grieving. I have learned a lot about family, and I have learned a lot about myself. This situation has pushed all of us to our limits at one time or another but time and time again, it is our love for Josh and each other that brings us back from those dark places. We know that there is an ever present and all powerful God interceding on our behalf and interceding on Josh's behalf as well. Thank you all for sticking with us and sticking with Josh for these last 4 months. I enjoy getting to share good news with all of you.
I have been asked to post Josh's address and a link to the shirts again. Here you go:
Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Room 248
7400 Merton Minter Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78229
Link to the shirts:
Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
All In For Josh