Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 10 continued

Since his life is no longer in danger, Nathan was transferred from the ICU to a regular hospital room this afternoon. There's no change in his condition that we can see so far. It's possible that this state that he's in is due to the drugs in his system, but as a doctor put it, every hour that goes by without him improving makes that possibility look less likely.

The doctors ordered an EEG scan to check for seizures. The scan was negative--no seizures. He ate another popsicle tonight. His feeding tube is still in. He's off the of the supplemental oxygen. His lungs are clear, but he still has some stuff in his throat and chest that he's trying to clear out. He's still not talking either--he said "ouch" to one doctor who was poking him this afternoon and that was it.

Nathan was moving around a little more tonight. He got up on all fours briefly (twice) in the three hours that I was there tonight. He rolls around quite a bit, almost as though he was trying to get comfortable. He is still not sleeping much, though he was looking pretty tired when I left tonight.

The plan tomorrow is for him to have an MRI scan and a lumbar puncture (spinal tap). The MRI is to check his brain for swelling and damage. The lumbar puncture is to check for infections that may have developed since the antibiotics were stopped.

Obviously we are in anguish over this turn of events. Please continue to pray for him.

1 comment:

Heather Mowrer said...

I am now completely caught up. Hang in there guys. We love you. We prayed for him tonight and will continue to do so until he comes fully back to you. Good luck tomorrow. I'll be thinking about it all day.