Whew. What a time. Mike is still in the ICU. I will not say that he is entirely out of the woods, but he does seem to be on the right path.
He has been able to get up and walk about 25 feet. He has been able to sit up in a chair for a couple of hours at a time. His breathing is okay and they took him off supplemental oxygen yesterday. His kidneys are slowly improving and are doing their job. They have managed to relieve some of his joint pain with prednisone so that he can get up without compromising his chest healing process. He still has some belly bloating and infection, but he is not in pain from that and they are now seeing signs of return to function there.
I am amazed every day at how hard he is working to get well. I would not have really predicted that he would be so compliant with all the nursing routines in particular. As long as he is always told exactly what they are doing and why, he is putting up with being poked and drained and turned and all manner of indignities. He is alert and involved.
And me...I am so very grateful for the support from all sides.