Tom breathed on his own today! He did it! And he did it for longer than the planned hour!
When I asked him to describe the process he said it was incredibly scary and difficult and the nurses were just about to reconnect the tube to the ventilator but he just kept on mouthing “wait, wait, wait”. After an hour of breathing independantly the Doctor recommended that he continue on his own as the required oxygen levels were constant. He breathed on his own for over 5 hours. They reconnected him to the ventilator for the night and will repeat the same process again tomorrow.
It’s taken Tom exactly 4 weeks to conquer this massive mountain and he did it with such determination. I thank you all for amount of energy that was put into this day, the amount of deep breaths we all took with Tom in our hearts would surely have lifted a fleet of hot air balloons off the ground and high into the sky. This process will continue until the Doctor is sure he can manage on his own so please keep breathing for Tom over the next few days, sure breaths in and deep breaths out.
As this is a really critical point in Tom’s recovery please could I ask that you contact Nick (0732549399) or Jane (0761302615) to see if you can visit. It’s important for Tom to have someone at each visiting hour but the risk of infection is still high and he gets tired.
This was a BIG day.