Cale was off the ventilator for 11 hours today & tomorrow the doctor wants to try for all day. I was in his room this morning when the speech therapist was there. She put a blue valve in the trach tube which will help Cale to talk, when he exhales his breath is pushed up so that it comes out through his mouth. She kept the valve on for 10 minutes, his oxygen leveled stayed at 100 which is good, but he did not make any sound. She will come in 2-3 times per week & repeat the process, she said it may take several attempts before Cale actually tries to make noise or talk. They are still planning to do another EEG, but we don't know when. This afternoon the occupational therapist was in & said that because Cale is starting to move so much they are not going to be putting on the hand splints or leg splints for at least a couple of days.
When I went in with Kathleen this morning, Cale was pretty agitated from what the speech therapist had done. Kathleen was trying to calm him down & she leaned down close to his ear to talk to him. She said, "Boy, can you hear my voice? Reach for me, reach for where my voice is." He raised his arm & stretched out his fingers to grasp onto her hand. I wanted to cry, Kathleen asked me if I saw what he had done & I assured her I had seen it all. I know that Cale & Kathleen have a long road ahead of them with Cale's rehab, but I have also seen the hand of God at work here in Cale's room. There are so many people here that are willing to look out for Kathleen when I go home that I am no longer worried about leaving NC. I am so proud of how strong my daughter has been & how she has shown that God is in control.