Made one young man EXTREMELY tired today. Aaron was off the vent all day again today, and was on the trach collar, but spent no time today breathing just “room air”. He just didn’t have it in him today. And that’s fine, his body was telling him it needed a rest, so that’s what Aaron did. He didn’t sleep through any of his therapy sessions but every time we went back to his room to wait for the next session or to eat lunch, he fell asleep. He’d wake up long enough to eat, then back to sleep he went. The respiratory therapist said she was going to cut back his time off the vent from 16 hours to 14 hours today to see how he feels tomorrow. She thought maybe 16 hours was just a little too much too soon. We’ll see! Whatever the time is, 14 or 16 hours, Aaron is kickin’ butt! Go Aaron, Go Aaron, It’s Your Birthday, It’s Your Birthday! Sorry for that outburst; sometimes I just lose my sanity sitting here at this computer trying to write an update at the end of a very long day!
Friday (Aaron’s discharge day from Magee) is right around the corner. I am sure Aaron (and his entire family) will have mixed feelings on Friday. I, personally, will be excited for him to start a new stretch of his journey, but at the same time, will be sad to say good-bye to the people at Magee. But good-bye it is. Time to get serious about losing that ventilator. Here we come Harrisburg!!!
Aaron will be going “out on the town” Thursday morning. As far as I know, I will be joining him. We’ll be going to Love Park and then to Starbucks, as Aaron’s dad indicated in his last blog. This could be difficult for Aaron as this is the first time out among “strangers” since his accident. Please pray that it goes smoothly for him and that the people he encounters are kind and considerate of his condition. I’ll update the blog to let you know how this goes!
Thanks, everybody, for reading this blog and for keeping Aaron in your thoughts and prayers!