Psalm 145:13 "The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made."
Resting in that promise today. God is faithful and loving... what a comfort for us. We are praising him for the comfort that he gives us and the way he upholds us in all our hardest of times. We are praising him also for how he uses people as a means of his grace and comfort to us.
Rebekah has had an absolutely amazing day today. Her storming seemed to subside overnight and today has been a mostly peaceful day. During rounds this morning, the doctors decided to continue weaning her off some meds to help her have more alertness and awareness. They have been going slow with the weaning process in order to not cause withdrawals. Rebekah was doing really well breathing more than the ventilator settings, so they decided to try extubation. Early this afternoon, Rebekah came off the ventilator for the first time in over 3 weeks. She has been breathing on her own ever since. Having the tube out resolved several smaller issues with her care (tongue protection, positioning on her sides, dental care, and reduced agitation). Rebekah has been much more active with opening her eyes and moving her arms and legs than any other day. She also has been more responsive (calming down quickly) to me when she gets worked up. Please praise God with us about all this improvement we have seen over the last 24 hours. Please pray that she is able to stay off the vent and that she continues to do so well. Pray also that her storming is gone.
Sarah had another great day. It is amazing to me that she has recovered so quickly from so many injuries. She continues to do great with whatever the therapist puts in front of her. She has been sleeping well at night and having great awareness during waking hours. I don't think she had any medicine today and she didn't complain about pain (that is a miracle alone). Her appetite continues to improve and she is getting some better with her short-term memory functions. She still has some periods where she has mix-ups around what day something happened and sometimes make comments that don't make sense. We are thanking God for all the progress that she has made in these three weeks. The nurses have said that the general plan is for Sarah to be discharged this Friday. We are waiting on official word that this is the plan, but it appears reasonable based on the goals and all. Pray that everything goes smoothly during this transition and that we are able to handle her needs at home. Pray also that her short-term memory continues to heal.
We continue to be so thankful for all your prayers. Thank you all for the many other ways that you have been a blessing to our family.