Dustin Ford Update, Birthday party and more
Posted by gguinn on July 23, 2012, 10:13 am
So After being moved from UNMH last week to Kindred Hospital, Dustin took some time and rested, then on his birthday July 20th we had a nice little breakthrough when he mouthed the words “I Love You” to his wife Erica, this was during the time that we gave him a little birthday party. We had a good laugh together when he broke wind and I couldn’t help but to crack up, he got a huge smile and laughed for a good minute or two both times. As that night progressed Dustin pulled his Tracheotomy tube out of his neck and moved the oxygen neck fitting to the top of his head. Saturday they tried to put in a Tracheotomy tube with a speech valve but his vocal cords would not allow him to cough up mucus, but that all changed on Sunday. So I am now proud to report that Dusty can talk. Now I haven’t seen it or heard it so I do not yet know to what extent he is talking, I just know he is able to. I am going to go and see him this afternoon and hopefully have a nice conversation with him. I will report back on his speech progress again tomorrow after I have talked with him! Personally I think this is nothing short of a miracle, it’s all just so amazing to me, and gives a whole new meaning to the term “Built Ford Tough”!