This post was originally published here on mamapundit.com on April 30, 2010.
When H was admitted to the ICU on Tuesday (or was it Wednesday?), we were told there would be good days and bad, and even days where things will go up and down during the same day. Today has been a day of tremendous progress, with some hard parts as well.
In the best news at all, H was taken off the ventilator; he is now breathing on his own! They thought they might have to give him a tracheotomy, but they did not. He is on extra oxyen as needed, but no ventilator tube is down is throat any longer. He is also off of total chemical sedation. They take his sedation up and down as needed to let him rest and his brain swelling to continue to improve, but we are weaning him from the sedation to try to begin getting a sense of his cognitive function.
And as far as that goes, we’ve also had some great progress today. He sometimes opens his eyes a bit, although focus isn’t there yet. He definitely grimaces in pain, which is hard for me to see, but a good indicator of his brain function. He is not yet really responding to commands, but I sense very strongly that he is trying. I think he seems happy when I am with him and displeased when I leave, but I may just be doing some mama-projecting.
The ENT discovered today that he has a broken jaw, and one ear is still so filled with blood that she is not yet able to assess how his hearing may be in that ear from the blow that broke the bone. She thinks his other ear is likely okay. He is still in a neck brace and has a feeding tube, as well as several IVs.
He is beginning to experience physical withdrawals from the drugs that caused his overdose. This is VERY hard for me to see, and I experience a range of emotions observing the symptoms – from frustration and anger to an overwhelming desire to just make it all stop for him – just make my baby feel better.
The neurology consult this afternoon was a bit of a downer, for me anyway. The neurologist told us that we should be “optimistic but realistic” regarding H’s prognosis for full neurological recovery. The injury to his brain was significant, and unfortunately, only time will tell us what outcome we are going to see. Of course, I assume the best but have terror of the other possibilities.
Once again, thanks SO MUCH to EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has let us know they are thinking of our H and his recovery. You really just have no idea what the messages of support and love mean to all of us. It’s really lifting me up during this, the most horrifying experience of my life, bar none.
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