Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sorry for the delay in posts! There have been some ups and downs (to be expected) in the last week, but overall, some great progress. Yesterday, Dad opened his eyes up for the first time spontaneously and since then, he has been awake off and on throughout the day. Today, he was able to squeeze my hand on command, although he is still very weak and it is hard for him to get up the strength to move it. As Mom just said, "Today has been a great day of eye contact and hand squeezes!". He tolerated the trach procedure well. They are still having some fluctuation in the amount of oxygen he needs (FiO2), but they believe that is too be expected at this point. He had a CT of his brain to check for stroke which was normal, as well as a 24-hour EEG to check for seizures which was also normal. He is almost off of the Ativan for sedation, and they have also been weaning down the Fentynl. Overall, we are very encouraged about his progress!!