Let me just explain about Neil's chair adventure yesterday. It's kind of like a big LayZBoy. First they laid it flat like a bed. Then three or four nurses (including a strong male one!) slid him from his bed to the chair. After they strapped him in, they moved the chair into a reclining position. They propped him up as comfortably as possible, then they immediately got to work on giving him a breathing mask because his sats (oxygen saturation in his blood) dropped significantly.
I felt I needed to give a little more detail as I realized last night's post sounded like he was sitting in a regular chair by himself. We're a loooooong way from that! He couldn't even handle a wheelchair at this point.
Scott just called me at home from the hospital this morning. Looks like part of Neil's lung is collapsed. That would explain the low sats we saw yesterday--or maybe the low sats caused the collapsed lung? They will be giving him a bigger breathing mask and doing some kind of breathing treatment that involves patting him on the back. If these don't work, he'll probably be intubated again. Sure hope these are only minor set-backs. I'll post again this evening to give you an update.