The breathing tube came out about 11:30 this morning. Ammon's voice is coming back a little at a time. He is quite rattly and we need to keep making him cough, but he will definitely feel better now that he is no longer intubated. That's always a relief.
He just asked me if he could have a chocolate bar as soon as he gets out of the two hospitals. That's a great sign! I told him he could have a chocolate bar as soon as he gets to Shriner's.
They will take the Foley Catheter out (that drains the bladder) today as well and will probably begin some light feeding through his g-tube sometime later today. Each step means great progress. We have reason to be very grateful today.
While we were in the waiting room, we became acquainted with a couple whose son was having open heart surgery. They adopted him when he was 6 years old. He is from China. He is now 11 and he is doing very well. As we talked with them at length yesterday, we discovered that they are the uncle and aunt of Eric Major, David's old mission companion.
I don't know the man's first name but the mom's name is Susan. They are great, friendly people.
I thought David might find this little tidbit interesting.