From Jay Ashman (UVM professor and Courtney's advisor in Belize)
Courtney has some meaning in her face. By the looks of things she's at times perturbed and bored being stuck in bed, watching all the activity in the city from her fourth floor window. I never thought I'd be this happy to see a girl yawn or make a swallowing noise, but I'm euphoric. She's blinking a ton and moving her eyes around, they become less glazed over by the day. Doug showed her a cute teddy bear that came in from her UVM professors today and Courtney was able to track her dad as he moved from the bedside to the shelves across the room.
Court's about to make another huge leap this afternoon when she starts breathing on her own with little to no aid from the respirator. The nurses will gradually wean her off the machines, keep the tubes running to her lungs as a precautionary measure until they are pulled out entirely and the trachea incision can be plugged up. As always the medical staff is alerted immediately if she is not breathing properly.
One thing the doctors did mention at the meeting this morning was that Courtney looks very irritable (being bedridden for a week and eating yellow goop out of tube can anyone cranky). They suggested this may be a result of stress due to over stimulation and prescribed a day or two of rest. I tend to agree with the wishes of the doctors and family, she's been really active all night and she is straining a bit.
Sorry for flip-flopping, but Courtney's parents say she's grounded: no music, no roughhousing and no partying with her friends unfortunately. I know a few friends were hoping to pop in today and tomorrow, but Saturday may be a calmer situation and it'd be a big help if you could stop by then. She'll never be alone and we keep her in our thoughts as we are sure she keeps us in hers. For the moment I'll do my best to be everyones eyes and ears (we'll keep it to those senses, you probably don't want to smell me right now) and carry out orders for hugs, I've got it down to an art.
I'll pay Court one quick visit later tonight and post an update.
We Love you Courtney and we can't wait to have you back safe and sound.