When we arrived this morning, Dick was awake, smiling, talking, and sitting up more erect, the ventilator and feeding tube had been removed. What a welcome sight! He could move his right arm, although it's still weak. The MRI showed he had several small strokes, and their effects are as yet undetermined.
Therapy has begun. Speech: swallowing ice was difficult so no real food today. He pouted rather cutely at that and the feeding tube was put back in. Physical therapist got him to sit at the side of the bed and shuffle sideways a few steps. Occupational therapist also got him to sit at the side of the bed and gave him a couple of exercises to do. He told her his goal is to get back to sailing, so he plans do his exercises more often than suggested.
We are breathing a sigh of relief and preparing for the long road of recovery.
Continued improvement since yesterday. The speech therapist is keeping him on a feeding tube but tomorrow morning, if he passes the swallowing test, he will get a "full breakfast." He will also move from ICU to a regular room by tomorrow as long as there's a bed available. Breathing exercises have been added to arm raises and bicep curls along with getting out of bed, with assistance, and sitting in a chair for a while.
Not much to report today. We are more hopeful that he is on the long road to recovery.