Last night he started talking more. He doesn't want to open his mouth often because he lost the skin off of his lips during the procedure. They keep trying to heal shut so we put lots of Vaseline on them. I know they hurt when he pulls them apart but he has to keep doing it. He brought me his pain scale picture and showed me that his pain level had come down significantly. He had a big smile on his face. We are still giving pain medication every four hours and he is on an antibiotic.
I am so thankful that he is this far past the actual surgery. Please keep praying that his oral tissues heal without any strictures. We won't know for a while if he will have any problems with this. He has started to eat a few things that are very soft and in very small amounts. This is a time to be especially thankful for his gtube as it allows us to keep him well fed and hydrated. He can get all of his pain medication without having to force him to swallow anything.
Thanks again. Your support is so appreciated.