Friday, January 11, 2013

Fri Jan 11- Trach & PEG

Today was a good day.

James had a busy schedule. He had three small procedures in the OR and thank God everything went well. He kept his O2 saturation enough to for them to complete all the work:
  1. "burr" to drain hematoma below cranium
  2. extubating him and giving him tracheotomy
  3. giving him a PEG tube to feed him into his stomach
Rather than being physically responsive, he was emotionally responsive today. Took hard, strong breaths when seeing mom and sister. He did that rib-hitch thing that men do when they don't want to cry- but it was because he was intubated not because he didn't want to. He responded to Tracy this way when she told him that Lily was bragging about being his sous chef, when she said she kept finding her hair on him and soon he'd be picking it up off himself, when he listened to a recording of loud Joseph nursing (we made it just for James), when I told him his Uncle Bob had visited, and when I told him that his mom and sister were in the parking lot. Also he responded emotionally when his mom encouraged him and spoke of spiritual things.

Eye contact was made with his sister Jenni, a tear was shed and he then became calm with all these lovely women rubbin all over him :)

BUT when asked if he was in any pain or would like to be put back under sedation, he promptly shook his head no! It was great, if not subtle.

He is moving along very nicely and making the progress that we want (a good day with no setbacks is progress!!), still has a fever of about 102 but the doctors said it wasn't something to be worried too much about- maybe just the stress of the wreck on his body, please pray for the fever to do it's work in his body but not get too high.

The neurologist said it would be 6-12 months before we knew for sure how all of James' different parts of his brain were responding and recovering from the shearing stress of the wreck. Doesn't he have cute booties keeping his feet warm?! These are just like he wears at home. Not.


  1. wow, what a great day! Keep it up James!

  2. I'm glad you finally are getting some "awake time" with him and am so thankful for the responses he's showing. That is so encouraging. Praying that each day reveals more improvement. Love you!

  3. So glad to hear that James' O2 levels remained good for the procedures. We will continue to pray for this so that they can complete any and all procedures that he needs done!

  4. So glad to hear that he is improving, getting some awake time with you. Glad to hear good news. Will keep praying for more good news! I check every day for updates on his condition. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. Love, Angela Moore

  5. Brandon thinks I'm nuts - but those toes must run in the family!

  6. Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. . . James 1:2–3. I always struggled with that great joy bit when troubles come my way but I hang on to God's promises regardless.