Diane sent me the following email today:
“Hi Dick, Sat. 5/3; an update for your blog. Darrell, much to all of our surprise has rallied, although still in Intensive Care. He is now awake and responsive. Despite having had small strokes on both right and left sides; is able to move all four extremities.
On Friday the NG feeding tube was replaced with a feeding tube thread directly into the stomach. At this current time 11:24 am MST he is in surgery receiving a trach so that all the ventilator hosing can go directly into the trach hole. This will allow more healing to occur, more comfort and lessen the infection rate.
I asked Darrell to push my hand away from his feet; and he did so.
It seems like the plan unfolding is to get Darrell’s blood chemistry in better shape and transfer him from TMC’s ICU to another long term Critical care Hospital called Carondelet Cornerstone. Marlene and I toured it. The facility is a 34 bed hospital specifically designed to take ventilator patients and bring them around to more strength and wellness to get off the ventilator and begin therapy.
He will be there about a month before he would be ready for a higher level of Rehab at another facility.
I believe all the positive energy and prayers directed his way have helped what I perceive as a miracle. Thank people and ask them to continue.
Enjoy the day….the week-end, life. Take Care, Diane”