The best words I've heard in a very long time. The speech therapist came in and he was still giving her a run for her money. So she waited for Joe and Mahala to arrive. They brought a coffee and a jelly doughnut since that is what he was craving. The therapist sat there and watched as he ate and listened with a scope to make sure he wasn't choking as he swallowed. He ate half a doughnut and drank half a coffee. Not too bad for 9 weeks 3 days without food! He was quite pleased with himself and gave his nurse a hug telling her he liked her. Joe and Paula both told me they really like this rehab the nurses are all very kind and attentive. Tomorrow he will begin getting ground moist type of meats and soft foods for each meal. He is still kind of shakey to feed himself so an aid will have to assist him. I pray he will eat some good foods now. That is important. The kids will cook and bring things in for him although according to Paula the food looks pretty good. Paula is going to make him a bananna cream pie. They will continue with the tube feedings until he is getting the required calories and nutrients he needs but maybe back off to one 12 hour feeding instead of 24 hour a day feedings. Yiiiipeee. The second piece of good news I have is they did a chest x-ray. No pnoumonia. They believe he is coughing all the junk from some 65 years of smoking. He is on a patch now and all that junk is coming up out of his airways. Plus moving him around after not being moved in 9 weeks or more is getting all that junk out. And, he is getting dressed each day. No more hospital Johnnie. So we all need to get him a few more jogging suit type of outfits for his exercise each day. We had bought him a couple before he got the pnoumonia when he was at the other rehab, but now he needs more with more underwear and socks. He is still quite weak, his hands shake and his arms have lost all muscle tone, his legs are not strong enough to stand on. But we knew this would be baby steps....his mental status is excellent and he asks every night if this is the weekend I'm coming home. I've been trying to span it out a little because my mother will also be in MA mid-November but that plan may not work since he is getting antsy for me to get back there. I still have work to do at my house and will do some of that when I am home also, In fact I'll probably put an air mattress down and just stay there and that way I can have some privacy instead of couching it at Audras and not getting any sleep. I'll be able to wake up to a pot of coffee and a shower instead of kids screaming and yelling and total chaos. I'll do some Christmas shopping with Audra when I am home also to save on shipping it all. So maybe I should take a few days vacation this next trip home in addition to the weekend. Thanks for all of your prayers. This is starting to go in the right direction. I so appreciate all of the support.