Upon return to the hospital yesterday, we received the amazing news from our family that Daniel was blinking while we were gone! He was also pretty active moving around. He didn't move much for us at that time, and you could tell he was pretty deep in sleep. When we came back from dinner to say goodnight to Daniel, he totally responded to our voices! He opened his eyes and was squeezing our fingers pretty tight. Needless to say, we had a good night's sleep!
This morning brings much of the same. He is opening his eyes and moving. In fact, last night they had to give him more sedation because he was 'too awake'! They stopped the main dialysis machine because the peritenial dialysis seems to be picking up speed and adequately removing fluid. They have decreased the flow on his oscillating ventilator, which means his lungs are doing more of the work. They have a goal of Monday or Tuesday to close his chest. They want to make sure the swelling is down so nothing compromises his blood pressure.
Now is that time that Daniel needs more comforting than ever. We will be spending more time in his room just holding his hand if nothing else.
The power of prayer is awesome.