His wife called me this afternoon to report that Jeff's sarcasm muscle is fully functional. He had her laughing. She said to him today that she missed being able to really talk to him and she asked him if he missed talking to her. His response, "Sort of." This morning he had Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy and they decided to give him some time to rest before Occupational Therapy this afternoon. They're cutting him some slack 'cause he's fighting a urinary tract infection right now and is on some antibiotics.
His wife and the nurse were talking in his room and out comes a big "SHHHH!"
"Oh, I'm sorry are we keeping you awake?"
Nods his head, "yes"
"Want us to keep quiet so you can get to sleep?"
By the way, he got his tracheotomy tube removed the other day and that situation is working out well. He's able to speak a bit better, but it's still pretty quiet. He had a good speech therapy session and a good PT session. They put an empty pint glass in front of him and asked him to pick up the "mug." He shook his head, "no." "Jeff pick up the mug." Again shook his head. Maureen interjected, "Jeff pick up the pint glass." He did.
They also had him picking up one of his son's toy cars and one of his toy NASCAR guys. They had him pick up a Dale Earnhardt Jr. guy a few times. His wife asked him who it was. Jeff thought for a while. She asked "is it Jimmy Johnson?" Jeff replied, "no...Junior."
He continues to make daily progress and has had a few more visitors lately. If you can fit it in, try and make it up to see him.
Keep up the positive thoughts and prayers. Our Jeff, the "real" Jeff is definitely emerging and can use all the help he can get.
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