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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

In ICU and Out *Day Five*

John Boy opening a package and a card from this morning's mail
John doesn't seem to be bouncing back the way we would like. We keep reminding ourselves he just had one of the most major surgeries you can have (the brain). We cheer for each baby step he takes.
This morning he seems no different. He is not talking or anything like his old self. He needs have some motivation and hope. We are telling him about all the people rooting for him and giving him your messages. Thank you for encouraging us and John!
The goals for today are to do as many neck workouts as possible and walk to the playroom with a physical therapist.
1:30 pm- We're moving to the pediatrics ward right now. I'm not sure why yet.
2:00 pm- I am crying happy tears -John seems a bit more alert for the first time in days. He even asked for chicken nuggets for dinner instead of the usual "Nothing" response! The nurse wanted him to walk to the playroom about a hour ago but he was in too much pain. He seems better now that the pain medicine has taken affect. They wheeled him to his new room- much bigger than the tiny ICU unit we were in.
We haven't been told yet why he was able to move out of ICU other than it might make John more cheerful.
Daddy and John watching "Lady and the Tramp"
4:00pm- John walked to the playroom with his neurosurgeon, Dr. Bolognese. It was a long walk but he made it. Dr. Bolognese had John find the fish tank for him and then "raced" him back to his room. John "won"! :)
Uncle James talked to John on the phone. He is not much up to talking yet but he smiled twice while listening! That was a first for today! :)
He is sleeping now after being up for so long- walking and neck exercises. I was massaging his shoulders and back until he fell asleep. Everything is going a lot better this afternoon after a rough start this morning.
5:20pm- John is eating his dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets! He has an appetite back for the first time since surgery!
Thank you for the prayers today!!!!!!!!!!!!

Getting back into bed after a nice long walk with Dr. Bolognese

Getting his back rubbed. He is very tense and stiff.
Nap Time



Blogger Peter Pillman said...

PTL on the encouraging day. Has he been able to eat anything?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 4:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I am so happy that John got to pediatrics. Our package was supposed to arrive by noon today at eh Ronald McDonald house. Do you know if it arrived?
We love you all and miss you.
Please tell Daniel that there is no special gift in there for him, but we are working on his and will sned it to Md. Love Miss Cara

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 8:31:00 PM  

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