So, on Sunday, when Mom went to visit that day, the people put a voice thing in his Trache, allowing him to speak. Most patients don't last on that thing for longer than one minute, but Dad managed ten.... Mom was so excited. She said that he knew everything, where we live, what day it was, and other details like that.
Then the step back happened. By now, I have expected these, especially after days Dad has done well. They were slowly weaning him off his breathing machine, shutting the machine for an hour, than two, etc., and letting him breath on his own, but a little at a time. Then they decided to go for twenty-four hours, and afterwards, Dad had some respiratory problems.