Matthew R. Perry

Update on Dad’s recuperation (from my sister)

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2006 at 1:30 pm

Many of you have asked for updates concerning my dad (click here if you are not aware of what happened).  This update is from my sister, Doris.

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Dad is doing well.  He is definitely starting to move better.  He is weak but appears to get stronger day by day.  It is hard lying in bed for 3 1/2 weeks with no movement.  The muscles just get weak so fast.  He is still having a lot of secretions (mucous) out of his tracheostomy.  As soon as they slow down, they will downsize him from an 8 trach to a six and so on.  Then they will pull it.  That probably won’t happen for a while. But, as soon as he gets to a six, we can put a passy muir valve on it and he will be able to talk to us and eat/drink.

The doctors have an order in for him to get out of progressive and move to a regular room. It will be across from the nurses station since he has the trach.  Rehab may be in today to assess him.  I kind of hope it will be in another couple of days.  We want him as strong as possible so he will pass.  He has to be able to do 3 hours a day (not at one time but during the day) to go to rehab.  If he can’t, then he will go to a skilled facility to build up strength, then to rehab.  We have a long haul still.

Mom says thanks to all of you for your calls and thoughts/prayers.

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