We are on day 16. First thing yesterday morning Jo received a blood transfusion. His blood count was low from the injury and his various surgeries. He dealt with minor fevers throughout the day. His swelling is slowly, but surely going down. As the day wore to a close he began to have higher blood pressures, and high heart rate. Night shift nurses stripped his bed and scrubbed it and has body down. They shaved his beautiful face. He moved his face, mouth, and legs more than He ever has since the accident. Physical therapy came in and did some "range of motion" exercises with him. He told me to move his fingers, wrists, arms, feet, toes, ankle (only his left one because of the fracture in his right one)to help with his physical therapy.
This morning his nurse cleaned up his head and pulled the staples from his first surgery. His scar sinks deep into his skull (3/16 of an inch deep). His hair is growing back. His white blood cell count is higher than yesterday so they must do another round of blood cultures. Jonah's pulmonary doctor is quite pleased with his numbers on the ventilator. In a few minutes they are going disconnect his ventilator and only connect a humidifier to his trach for him to practice breathing all on his own. They will check his blood gases in a 1/2 hour to see if he is maintaining good numbers.