Official Update: So Dallin has continued to improve greatly since yesterday. He is awake and alert and mouthing many words. When I walked in this morning, he opened his eyes and mouthed "Hello my love." He is intermittently able to communicate his needs with yes or no. He smiled for a picture and mouthed "good to see you, man" to a friend that came. The doctors are saying he is looking good. Doing well with the trach and trach mask and mostly off the ventilator completely. He is getting a PEG tube placed this afternoon so his tube feedings will go directly to his stomach instead of in the feeding tube down his nose. He still is working hard in physical therapy but has a very long ways to go with that. But he can hold his head up for a few seconds while sitting at the edge of the bed.
If he continues to do well this week and no further complications then we'll decide where to transfer him next- LTAC (long term acute care center) or maybe he can tolerate inpatient rehab? He has to tolerate 3 hours of PT before rehab would take him which he cannot do now. So... we'll see what this week brings!
It was surprising that he smiled at the camera without prompting. He has had a lot of practice having pictures taken of him growing up, he must've remembered the drill.
Message from Tara: While we are overjoyed and excited that Dallin is awake and alert we want to clarify that Dallin's mentality is that of about a 5 year old. We still need your prayers that our Dallin will come back to us and that he can heal and return to his old self again. Dallin cannot move his left leg at all right now and holding his own head up during physical therapy is very difficult. We are so grateful for your happiness and excitement that Dallin "woke up" but the condition of his brain is still unknown. Keep the prayers coming and thank you for your support, love and concern.