Monday was a quiet day for Kevin. He was up in his chair for a good part of the day, which is great because it gets him out of the routine of just being in bed and helps him avoid pressure sores.
Kevin also underwent two procedures yesterday. The first was to help his stomach adjust to the feeding tube. The second was to check out his lungs to make sure there are no problems with his airways. These procedures will help Kevin stay comfortable and help to prevent infection and pneumonia, which is really important to keeping Kevin healthy.
Kevin will continue to be on the ventilator until he is able to breathe on his own. He continues to work at it, but it may take some time before he is able to speak.
We continue to encourage visitors, but understand that it might be tougher to come in now that the holidays are over. We also appreciate your understanding when visiting — we don’t have a set schedule of when the doctors and nurses will need to work with Kevin privately, so he may be unavailable. We will continue to do our best to give everyone advanced notice in case they plan on visiting. Please feel free to reach out to us in advance if we haven’t updated the site yet and are planning to come down, especially from a distance. We want to make sure Kevin gets a chance to see you. Visitors always seem to get him smiling.
News coverage of the Kevin’s fight has also continued. The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn’s student newspaper, ran an article today and will run another on Wednesday. We appreciate all of the help the media have given to get the word out and connect us with great resources and support.
That’s all for now. We’ll have another update soon.