Caleb had a great day today! This morning, he was weaned off the drug that was paralyzing him. Now he is able to move and twitch and can even open his eyes. He looks very dopey when he opens his eyes, but he can do it. It is wonderful to see spontaneous movements instead of perfect stillness all of the time.
Caleb was also weaned off one of the drugs that was helping to regulate his blood pressure. His pressures dropped when the drug was eliminated, but it was still within the doctor's preferred range when I left.
We also made gains in the ventilator department. The oxygen levels were reduced to 50% and the number of breaths given per minute was reduced to 25.
Caleb received the plasma and that increased his clotting capacity and reduced his bleeding quite a bit. You would not believe the difference in the amount of blood on his body. He looks so much better!
They decided not to open the chest and see what was going on today. The cardiologists wanted to look, but the surgeons wanted to wait and see. Today, the surgeons won. The surgeons worried that opening things up would only increase other bleeding and because he was improving, they felt waiting was the best option. Knowing the gains we made today, they seem to have been correct.
I made it to the hospital in time for rounds this morning. After our progress last night and this morning, I was thinking that maybe I was overreacting yesterday morning. However, several times during the explanations of Caleb's situation, I heard "for someone that was so sick yesterday" and "considering how poorly he was doing yesterday". Things were probably as bad as we suspected yesterday morning, but he has turned it around today and it was definitely a good day!