|Gates, Chase Cappellucci, Mark Evans and Taryn Rose|
|Gates, Cody and Garrett Millward|
At first glance… You see a teenager, lying clothed in wires and cords;
But beyond that… There’s a man, standing at the threshold of the rest of his life.
At first glance… You see five kids, encircle their beloved friend;
But beyond that… There’s an entire society who envelope Gates with their love.
At first glance… You see a young man struggling to sit upright in his bed;
But beyond that… You see a brother, a son; bring light to an otherwise dark room.
At first glance… You see the tube that creeps past his dry lips;
But beyond that… You see another miracle and tender mercy: Gates’ smile!
I didn’t give much introduction to the post tonight because as I surveyed the pictures I realized, that’s all the foreword needed.
Where two nights ago Gates’ lung collapsed, now he’s again breathing on his own. Today is the BIG day! Please keep Gates in your prayers, specifically asking for his breathing to continue to improve, as his ventilator will be removed this morning. If he sustains strong breaths, he won’t need the tracheotomy after all!
Yesterday, Gates was strapped to what is known as a “Tilt Table.” It’s used for Gates’ rehabilitation considering he’s been lying down for such a long period of time. Doctors gradually tilt to the table to the vertical, allowing Gates to become adjusted to an upright position and giving doctors the ability to test his blood pressure. All systems are good!
Out of respect for Gates, we didn’t post pictures of him in the hospital until he gave his dad the “o.k.”
And finally, Gates learned of the blog last night; he had no idea any of this was being documented. He requested to wait to read the entries till he felt better, given this: Please, please share your comments for Gates. One day this will be a source from which he draws strength. Know him or not, your comments are welcome.