I'm thrilled to reveal real progress today!! Rory was extubated at 12.30 today - the ventilator tube was finally removed and he continued to breath beautifully on his own. His voice is still very low and he is quite groggy but like a true trooper, the first words he uttered were Angelina and Scoop - for those of you not familiar with 4 yr old popular culture, that loosely translates as follows: I want to watch my Angelina Ballerina DVD followed by a few episodes of Bob The Builder shaprish please.
This was followed by an emotional reunion with his old blankie and also a brand new Lofty, which I had purchased in a haze down Henry st on the day of his operation. It is absolutely wonderful to have our old Rory back. It had struck me yesterday how much I had missed his voice, as he had been completely silenced by the ventilator. He was a lot calmer and more settled than expected, happily settling into watching his DVDs and checking out his new toy. Of course news of his tube release spread like wild fire round the hospital and all his fans from the renal ward were beating a path to his bedside - we almost had to call security!
We are hopeful to have him back among his mates on the ward tomorrow, it all depends on how his night goes. I'm bracing myself for a busy week ahead.
Niall is much better also. Sadly there was no release for him today as he is still on I/V antibiotics and will have to stay put 'till Wed at the earliest. I was worried he might become institutionalised. My fears were put to rest during his daily constitutional ( his most adventurous to date) when he managed to leave the ward and make it as far the main hospital door without so much as a rise in pulse rate. His first foray into the outside world was so encouraging that we're even discussing a visit to Rory tomorrow. It's hard to imagine how he has gone through all that pain and
not yet seen the miraculous results of his generous gift of life.
So whatever you lot are putting in those prayers, it's working. Can we be greedy and ask you all to continue please - just for a little while longer....
And to those in Dublin offering to meet for coffee - yes please, but can we go somewhere that also serves really gooey cake? Please keep up the blog comments they are a life saver.