I sit by Steve's side and listen to him breathe. Even though he is still on the ventilator, they have the medication at a level where he is aware of his surroundings as he fades in and out. He responds by nodding his head or with hand jestures. We are pretty good, so far, at interpreting ventilese. The first time he tried to tell us something, we needed to get the ipad out and he wrote, "I live." Of course that made me cry.
They said, in his recent X-rays, his lungs look better with less evidence of pneumonia. The pulmonary specialist hopes to begin weaning him off the ventilator. So we pray for healing.