At Peter’s appointment with the rehab doctor yesterday, we learned that his bout with pneumonia had set him back some on gradually weaning him off the trach. We don’t know yet what it will look like, but the doctor wanted to wait a couple of months to ensure that he was fully recuperated and not at risk before attempting to do any aggressive rehab.
Peter continues to get stronger every day. We let him rest a lot because he is still recovering from being in the hospital, but there are times when he is very alert and doesn’t seem to have lost any of the progress we made with him cognitively over the last few months!
Here are some things you can pray for:
1. That Peter would stay healthy as we head into winter months, so that his rehab will not be delayed any further.
2. That we will know the avenues to take that will enable him to get off the trach as soon as he can safely do so.
3. That the timing of him entering rehab will coincide with the time in is healing that will be most conducive to him gaining a lot from rehab help.
4. That the Lord would provide us a wheel chair van. So far, every doctor’s appointment Peter has, he must be accompanied by Doug, who is the only one who can lift him into our suburban.
For the family,
Peter is doing well at home. Although he is still very weak, he is getting better by the day. It is going to take him quite a while to regain his strength and responsiveness and we would appreciate your prayers for his continued healing. Peter also has an upcoming appointment with a rehab specialist on October 25th (it was set before Peter went to the hospital). Please be praying that would go well also. Thanks!
For the family,
Moving Peter home wore him out. He had fever and dropping O2 stats during the night and is pretty pale. The nurse put him on oxygen through the night. We pray that we can resume therapy soon and that this won’t set him back to receive the rehab funding. It is definitely going to take some time for Pete to recuperate after this ordeal! Please keep praying for his healing and comfort.
Peter is probably coming home tomorrow! We are so excited! I will update y’all soon on how you can pray for him about going to a rehab facility.
Peter is looking a lot better today and is now off of the ventilator! He is breathing very well and his O2 stats (oxygen saturation levels) are perfect. The doctors took the two chest drain tubes out as well! We are so thankful! It is rumored he will be released to go home in the next couple of days with one weeks worth of antibiotics, but we don’t know for sure yet.
The doctors feel like the antibiotics have been working and Peter is doing much better. The bottom lobe of Pete’s lung is still not working at full capacity yet, but the doctors say that it is not serious. They still want to keep him in the hospital for a bit until his lung reaches full capacity, but we are all hoping that Pete won’t be in the hospital much longer. The doctors still have Peter on the ventilator, but hope to take him off tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers everyone!
Peter came through his procedure this afternoon with no problems, however his lung is still collapsed and the doctors are not sure why. He will be on a ventilator through the weekend to try and restart the lung. Continue to be in prayer for him. He has been in quite a bit of pain and is still struggling with a fever.