Monday, November 20, 2006

Stable and Improving

Neil's condition continues to improve, albeit very gradually. His pneumonia is under control and his fever is down, although still low-grade. On Friday, November 17, Neil was given a tracheostomy to move the ventilator out of his mouth and he is far more comfortable. He remains on the ventilator through his tracheostomy. He still cannot speak, but he was given an Alphabet Board which allows him to communicate by squeezing his hands to tell spell out messages. It's a slow process, but it allows for better communication. His neurologist is talking about performing surgery on his vertebrae that would allow him to be able to sit up. Originally, it was discussed that he would have to lay on his back for 10-12 weeks to let the bones heal themselves. The only catch is that he would need to be able to lay on his stomach for four hours during the surgery. We continue to be amazed by his recovery and are comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

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