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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Update - Kathleen

As of today it's been 7 weeks. Even as I'm typing this I'm thinking about the night of the accident and all that was going on in my head. I'm really missing him. I had a hard time falling asleep last night because I just laid there thinking of our long talks at night about anything and everything and how we're always laughing together. I miss it a lot but I know the day will come again. Sometimes being patient is no fun.

When I got to the hospital this morning, the nurse greeted me and then said that Cale pulled out his trach last night! He didn't just pull it out he somehow got his right arm (the one he never moves!) out of the mit they put over his hand, and wiggled part way out of his elbow splint then pulled it out and threw it on the floor! They call him Houdini :) He may not be completely functioning in his brain but he's still so tricky! :) At first when she told me about him pulling out his trach I was scolding him for it but then later, the doctor came in and downsized his trach size from a 6 to a 4. That's the last size he'll go down to before the trach comes out. I was so excited! Then the doctor said he was also going to have Cale start capping trials which means they put a cap over the trach hole which then makes Cale breathe in and out of his mouth with out the trach. He can also start talking just like when he has the speaking valve in. So it's good that he pulled it out! The trial today was for 4 hours and Cale made it 2 1/2. I'm so proud of him. Tomorrow they'll try to do 4 hours again and everyday add more time just like when they weaned him off the ventilator. When he can do 48 hours with no problem the doctor will take out the trach! Woohoo! Hopefully soon!

PT had Cale sitting on the side of the bed today. One of them gets on the bed and holds him up from the back and the other stands in front holding his head and the front part. They stretched him pretty good. It's so great to see him up like that!

We put the prayer chain around his room this afternoon! Make sure to email if you want to be a part of that! Just send your name and location. Thank you everyone for praying!


  1. he pulled it out letting them know hes ready to move on to the small one.that was his way of saying im still incontrole of my life.:)

  2. I was on today and saw a picture of you and Cale in this week in pictures. Check it out! It was pretty cool to see that people here are keeping an eye on your situation! Have a good Easter this weekend Cale and Kathleen. :)

  3. Hi Kathleen! Just wanted you to know that 7 weeks later I'm still thinking about you both and praying all the time for both of you! Love you guys so much! And Cale way to go! You can do it! I'm proud of you both! What a story you'll both have to share when this is over! Do I see a book in the makings! Stay strong! Love and prayers are with you always!


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