I had an opportunity to speak with the GI tonight, and it was pretty much a confirmation of the options presented today. He seemed to feel that Daddy has a good chance of being able to swallow without aspirating again with the stimulation therapy and would like to give that some time. We'll take it day by day and if a surgically implanted feeding tube becomes necessary we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Even if it does come to that, a surgically implanted feeding tube is not forever - it would, however, allow some oral medications to be used through the tube instead of everything going through the IV.
I am so very thankful for the kind of family that we have - loving, supportive, close. It would be so much more difficult to deal with all of this if we also had to deal with contention and arguing amongst ourselves. We are all working together to make the best possible decisions we can with what we have, and staying on the same page. It's all about what Daddy wants and needs, and being there for Mama and each other. The love and support from family, friends, and even co-workers has been amazing - we are so grateful for that and for all the prayers.