Tony is off the ventilator and other good things

This is the third email update that I sent about Tony’s condition.  Sent on Saturday 10/18.
 
Hi Everyone,
 
I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get an update out but today was a long and tiring day for both Tony and me. 🙂  But, it was ANOTHER great day overall.  Tony’s ventilator tube was removed at about 2:30 this afternoon.  They did try earlier in the day but due to a severe bloody nose (of all things, geez) they weren’t able to take it out on the first attempt.  Tony is also off all of the sedation medication and it is slowly cycling out of his system.  He’s still pretty groggy and confused but has very lucid moments.  He answers (yes & no only) questions with ease and even whispered a few words to me.  Hopefully, it won’t be a "TMI moment" to tell you that when I got back to the hospital tonight from putting the girls to bed, he pulled off his oxygen mask and wanted to kiss me!  It sure was a wonderful moment.
 
So- Tony isn’t out of the woods entirely, but the trees have thinned to the point that you can see the blue skies out the other side.  In fact, it may sound weird but I have this feeling that is almost anticlimactic.  I had been bracing so hard for the worst and thus far every wave- rather than being a devastating blow, has rolled over us like an ocean swell instead.  It is the best feeling in the world but also one that leaves you feeling bewildered.  Sort of like- did we really get this lucky?  I do feel like pinching myself.
 
I am sitting here next to Tony as he tries to sleep in his hospital bed.  Unfortunately, being as tall as he is, he keeps sliding down and off the end of the bed and is only sleeping fitfully.
 
I know everyone in anxious for updates but because it seems like we have passed the most critical stage, going forward I am just going to post the updates on our website:
http://jennielocati.spaces.live.com/ and folks can check in to see how things are going.  I hope that works okay for everyone.
 
And though I’ve already said it, I can’t help but repeat myself- thank you, thank you, thank you for the well wishes and support.  From the family that has come in from out of town to the army of baby sitters, dog walkers, food makers, and company keepers that have already done so much to help us- we are so deeply grateful to you.
 
Warmly,
 
Jennie
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About jenlocati

JENNIE LOCATI started her blog, WYS Words as a way to share her experiences as a professional woman, wife, mother, and irrepressible “do-gooder”. Her diverse life experiences have taken her to Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, the trading floors of Wall Street, to PATH, and most recently back to Microsoft, where she works in Executive Communications. Jennie shares her many misadventures, occasional insights, and unique perspectives in a voice that is self-deprecating, honest, and authentic. Read more at www.wyswords.com
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