To day was a good day for Jason, as they removed the breathing tube from his mouth and throat, and his medications and pain meds were lowered. All this lead to him being able to begin talking to us, and have visitors, other than from family. On top of that, Bridgette came with the girls today (she went a short time ago to go pick them up), so he'll be able to see and speak with them as well. Of course tomorrow is Friday, and he is scheduled for another surgery (I'll talk more about that later) so we will need to go visit with him early in the morning, and then later tomorrow we will be able to visit with him again.
He was visited by a bunch of different doctors with all of them asking him the same basic questions of, "How are you feeling? Where do you have pain? Can you tell me where you are?" etc., etc. Then came the psychiatrist, who wanted to be sure of his mental abilities and neurological issues. He began with those same questions then asked, "Do you know what day it is?" Jason replied St. Patrick's Day - which it is, and this kind of surprised the doctor. He then asked if Jason knew what the date was, and Jason said, "Yes, it is the 17th.", and the doctor asked if he knew the month and Jason told him it was March. Then came the big question... "Do you know what year it is?" and Jason paused for a moment and said, "1729". The doctor was taken aback a bit by this and then Jason kinda smirked that little smirk he does and then the doctor realized he was joking. The doctor said, "Okay, now you're making me feel anxious - what year is it?" Jason said, "2011." and smiled. The doctor was pleased with his response and said he was doing just fine. They talked a bit more and discussed the challenges of phantom pain, where Jason commented that he had a pain in his foot, and obviously there is no foot. Jason seems to have accepted that he has lost his legs, and he seems to have done so better than the rest of us.
The surgery he is going to be going through tomorrow is much like the ones he has had in the past, only this time, if they can, they will be closing up some of the wounds, and this is a big step towards his being able to get out of intensive care. It all depends on how much they find, as far as the infection and fungal presence. It is possible that Jason can get moved up to the 5th floor, where he wants to be, and then begin the first part of his rehab therapy. We won't know until later in the afternoon, and then I'll update the blog. Thank you, all again, for your support and prayers. I told Jason that he has almost 100 followers now, and each time I look at it the number has grown.