I'm happy to report that Dad walked up an entire flight of stairs and back down today. His physical therapist has to take his oxygen tank with him, but his levels have been a lot better lately. The antibiotics seem to be working. He's still in isolation. Anyone who enters his room has to wear these bright yellow cape-type things. Mom told me Dad had said (written down, rather) that when he woke up for the first time in isolation he thought he was in heaven and that these three people standing around him in yellow were angels. Not sure if he was joking or not, but I thought it was funny. Mom says Dad is feeling better and better both physically and mentally. Thanks again for continuing to pray for Dad. Our prayers are being answered!
The doctors are planning to downsize his trachea tube to a size 6 tomorrow and will hopefully be placing a valve on there so he can speak. They'll also be teaching him to swallow and drink from a straw with it in. Dad hasn't had anything to drink or eat for 2 weeks and 3 days. He is wanting water to drink so badly! So I'm praying he gets to have the pleasure of a cold glass of water tomorrow. He'll be having lots of protein/fruit smoothies and milkshakes for the next several weeks to supplement the feeding tube that's already in place. So if you have any great-tasting, healthy blender recipes please pass them on!