Eric did 50 minutes cuff deflation today and he did great, he managed to swallow on his own without any problems. 50 min is a new record! We have also heard little sounds coming from his vocal cords which is good too; it means those nerves are working to give him a voice back one of these days.
Overall Eric was very sleepy today and we didn’t get that much out of him. The dogs were here during his physical therapy and every time he coughed the dogs got scared. I had two large 100 lb dogs hiding behind me, one of them even barked at Eric once. I know they can sense Eric being really, really sick and they probably don’t know what to do; it’s so sad to watch. I tricked them by putting treats in Eric’s hand and that made it easier for them to approach him. I hope they will get used to seeing Eric like this because I’m going to bring them in as much as I can; it’s good for Eric and I hope it will be good them too because I can see their sadness in the eyes.