Archive for June 14, 2006

6/14/06 6:00 pm

A quick update:

Mike is talking again, following the capping of his trach.  As before, not everything is understandable, but some words are, and it is good to note that he is speaking in full sentences — not content to answer "yes or no" questions with a yes or a no.  (Big surprise.)

In other good news, a swallowing test was administered, wherein a camera is used to determine how well Mike can swallow, and the results were very good.  So, Mike will be given small amounts of liquid to drink orally, and it is hoped that he will soon be ready for soft foods, like applesauce.  The taking of foods orally will strengthen the muscles of Mike's mouth and throat, which will assist speech and move him toward the eventual removal of the trach altogether.

Finally, a cast has been applied to Mike's left ankle, in order to remedy muscle spasm which has caused extension of his left foot and stiffness in the joint.  (I think this has been referred to as a "dropping" of his foot.)  This is the beginning of a series of casts which will fix the problem.

Looking forward to bringing you more exciting news!

June 14, 2006 at 6:23 pm 16 comments


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