I’m happy to report as of about 3.45pm today, the respiratory therapists decided to take Ansel off the ventilator!
– He’s breathing independently, without a machine to expand his lungs (the ventilator)
– He’s hooked up to what’s called an ‘aerosol’ — basically a humidifier, using the atmosphere’s oxygen supply
– There’s still a suction component, in case those coughs persist
Also, I was able to have the first conversation (albeit, mostly one-sided) with my brother since the accident. He was able to answer yes/no questions by nodding or shaking his head. Naturally, he seemed quite agitated and wanted to sit up. I explained what happened, where he was, and that he was ok — he calmed down and sat back.
I know this level of awareness is pretty transient at this stage, so we’ll probably have to go through this quite a few more times before it really sticks.