Today has been another day of progress for Nathan. His ventilator was turned down some, his doses of drugs were decreased, and he has been awake a little more. His pulse was down. While he was awake, he was able to nod and shake his head when his nurses and visitors asked him questions. A couple of problems that he faced today were diarrhea and air in his stomach--this may have been caused by a bacteria in his digestive tract; we're still waiting to hear about what it is (if there is one). They also stopped feeding him since his stomach was hurting him.
Before I left his room tonight, the nurse told me that the doctors may decide to remove his breathing tube tomorrow and continue to decrease his medications. We sure hope they do this since it will allow his throat to start healing and him to communicate verbally.
Hope you've all had a great night. Another update will show up tomorrow, hopefully with more good news! Again, thank you to all of you for your faith, prayers, and well wishes.