UPDATE FROM FAMILY: I have fabulous news to report. Michael has made another HUGE step in his road to recovery. Earlier today, Michael was moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).
The staff is excited to have Michael there, they heard about his story on the news and they are looking forward to playing an important role in his recovery. They specialize in working with patients with injuries similar to Michael's. He has a long road ahead, but RIC will really work with him and he will get the care that he needs. In speaking with the doctors today, they are very pleased with Michael's progress. They couldn't believe how far along he already is considering it hasn't been that long since his attack.
I am sure it will be much easier for most of you to visit now that he is back in the city. I encourage everyone to visit and spend time with him during his physical therapy. He will need a lot of positive reinforcement, because they are really going to work him physically. When I was with Michael today his spirits were up and he does VERY well when people are around. He is very determined so we will need to do everything we can to keep him motivated.
Physical therapy and his other programs will begin on Monday, please feel free to stop by and see him this weekend if at all possible. Every time I mention his friends and how supportive all of you have been, his face lights up!
MEDICAL UPDATE: Received this from a family member "I visited Mike tonight. The trach tube is still in place but not hooked up to the oxygen. He's breathing on his own! Not sure when the trach will be removed. He's not restrained either. Mike was somewhat agitated when I arrived but calmed down shortly thereafter. He was awake the entire time and responded. The nurse said they had him sitting up in a chair for a bit earlier in the day. Quite an improvement!!"
Amazing fundraiser Saturday night! Raised over $9000 for Mike! Thank you all for the love and support. Don't forget tonight at Red Door 2118 North Damen. UN86'D is throwing a party to help raise some more starting at 4pm! Much Love!
Update: Just spoke with Alicia Webb, Mike's niece. He's doing much much better today. And he DOES want visitors/company, which is great! We just need to keep calm when in the room and limit the number of visitors to two or three at a time. Let's also use positive language when speaking with him and try to avoid speaking about the incident. Much Love!
Update: Chrissy Kearns a good friend and bartender at the Poitin Stil sent me this yesterday "I saw Mike today and he dosen't want anymore visitors, rough day emotionally for him. I blew him a kiss and he blew me a kiss back. He's fighting and looking a lot better." Being that these are his wishes we do need to respect them. He needs rest. He knows how much we love him and what we've been up to! Let's keep up the good work and keep him in our prayers! Much Love!
MEDICAL UPDATE: Saw Mike yesterday and he was off of the heavy meds and for the first time that I have seen he was active. his eyes were open and he was moving around in his bed. He clearly knew we were there. He even tried to write a message to us (although he was not able to form letters or words). When the nurse left the room he even tracked her with his eyes to the nurses station because he wanted something....Thanks Matt Nolan for the update. This is a big first step in the right direction, but remember this isn't just a simple foot race, its the Olympics...care, love, support, and prayers are what he needs.
UPDATE: Spoke with some family today. Mike is resting comfortably but does become agitated by loud noises and his blood pressure rises. The doctors want to lower his sedation but cannot with his spiking blood pressure. The family and doctors have requested that all visitors remain quiet and calm. Silent prayer is a great route...we may want to refrain from touching as well...I know its hard because we all want him to know how much love we have for him, but its best that he heals as tranquil as possible. There'll be time for hugs and laughter soon, but for now he needs rest. Let's keep spreading his story and doing what we can to help the family. Much love and God bless!