The rib surgery didn't do as much as they had hoped for mom's breathing, but it should help a lot with her pain.
It looks like they will give mom a tracheostomy [not sure how to spell that] early next week. She'll still be on her ventilator but it won't have to go through her mouth and should be a lot more comfortable. They will also put her feeding tube in through her belly so she won't have that going down her nose and throat.
Middle of next week we hope to be in the step down unit from the ICU, and they plan on moving her to a long term acute care facility near the end of next week. They said to plan on her being in this facility for 3-4 weeks where they will do aggressive rehabilitation and try to wean her off the ventilator. At that point they'll decide what type of facility she will go to next where she will stay for a much longer period of time.
The meeting with the doctors was very sobering. Her injuries are extreme, and there is still no way of predicting the outcome. The amount of progress she makes in the next few months will likely be life defining. Please pray for her! We are all full of faith that there are miracles available to our family. Thanks again for all the love and support.