and he gave the FES bikes a miss although he still carried on with his normal physio and occupational therapy.
Thursday was the diaphragm xray to determine whether his diaphragm was stong enough to power his lungs.
Unfortunately this was not as positive as we had hoped for. At the moment he only has 50% power in the left hand side of his diaphragm and none in his right.The doctors have changed the ventillator weaning programme to accomodate this.
However on the brighter side, the nurse turned back the cuff on his trach (which allows air to travel up from the lungs) for 7.5 mins and allowed Stephen to actually speak normally. They will gradually increase this over the next weeks and this will be a great boost to him. Just so you know who is where. Jeff and Melissa are still in Denver, Cynthia and Stephen's Grandad travelled back to England on Tuesday evening. I will travel out again early August.
Paul (Roberts) is currently at the X games and will return to Denver afterwards. On the subject of Paul, the whole family would like to thank him publically for his strength towards Stephen and the rest of us during this very trying period. He is truly a friend and we are in his debt. Thanks.
Next update will be next week unless something extraordinary happens which in Stephen's case is more than possible. He remains strong and so do we.
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