We are pleased to report the breathing tube was removed yesterday afternoon! Though fluid remains on Steve's lungs, his breathing is much stronger and he is on Lasix along with frequent breathing treatments.
To Steve's disappointment, he has not been cleared to resume is pureed diet - so ice chips for now. His voice is beginning to come back, though his throat is still very sore from the breathing tube.
In terms of feeling and movement - he continues to be able to feel touch on his legs. No real movement or sensation in his hands or arms, but it is still early days and we are grateful we have a platform to work from.
Though Steve has gotten very comfortable in his room in the ICU, we are all anxious for him to move to the 6th floor. Assuming he continues to improve, he will probably be moved in the next couple of days...
As for long term rehabilitation - the decision has been made! Steve will take up short term residence in Atlanta where he will receive treatment at the Shepard Center. Ginny, the boys, and their plus ones are doing fine, a little tired, but pulling through. Thank you for all of the messages and love!