As most of you know my story, my dad is getting better.
Yet, I would like your experience or opinion on the following:
He is still on a vent, though breathing spontaneously on minimum settings for over more than two weeks now. He has got a tracheo. He is fully awake and very aware of what is going on, communicating with us very well though he cannot speak because of the tracheo.
He is feelig very down, which is normal as his muscles have wasted away and can't move, but sometimes he doesn't want to cooperate. He feels as if he isn't going to survive and he's very 'whatever'.
I don't want him to 'give up' or feel this bad as we (the family) all know how far he has come already.
What are signs that he will be ready to come off this vent and of the tracheo? How long can it take after nearly two months of induced coma? Is he just getting stronger or is there still a possibility he won't come off the vent set on a spontaneous breathing mode? He tries to cough but has a hard time swallowing; those muscles have also become very weak and need training.
I guess I am not really sure what to look for right now in terms of progress. He has fysio, sits up daily for about half an hour but still has ups and downs doing that. Is that normal?