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Thursday Update: 9/22/05

WE HAVE A ROOM!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE HAVE A ROOM!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!! The nurses are preparing him for the big move, which should happen around noon. Yahoo! Matt has been awake a lot more so far today. They sat him up in a chair for a while this morning, and want to work him up to sitting there for at least 30 mins 3 times a day. It’s good for his lungs to have him sitting up…and I definitely think it’ll make him feel a little more normal. Anything is better than laying in that bed all day and night.

They are still watching a small infection in his lungs…want to be sure it doesn’t turn into pneumonia. He’s been coughing on his own and will try it when we ask him to as well. The doctors want to make sure he can keep his own airway clear, so they don’t have to put a breathing tube in. Please pray that he will be able to continue getting stronger and fight off these bugs.

Matt has been moving his arms and hands a lot today! We’ve been removing the restraints when we’re in here and so far he seems to comprehend us as we try to explain the feeding tube etc. (He already pulled it out once…and we do NOT want that to happen again.)

Matt is in room 555. You can take the elevators off the main lobby and go up to the 5th floor. From there you’ll go through a big waiting room. Just head down the hall way to our room. It’ll be just past the nurses’ station on the right side of the hallway. We are looking forward to the days ahead and visits from friends and family. He is still asleep much of the day, so I can’t make promises that he’ll be up to visits, but I don’t want to deter anyone from coming. Feel free to call me and let me know if you are planning a visit so we can try and be prepared. My number is 515-689-9724.

We feel so blessed that he made it through the critical phase and are just so pumped to begin the recovery phase! As soon as we were settled in this room I felt an immediate sense of peace and relief. I think it helps to be in a less intense environment and this place just seems like what he needs to get on the road to recovery.


Hi Emily and everyone,

Just to let you know that we are praying that God will continue to bring Matt all the way back from this illness. We miss you guys at Westover Baptist Church. Know that we're here for you, in any way and in every day! We love you!

Pastor Dean

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