Matthew has made incredible progress for his first day after surgery. His nurse today said that he is “sailing through this, making it look easy.” His fever crept up again a little bit this afternoon, but then returned to normal. The initial tests (Gram stain) on the secretions they were worried about came back normal, too. The final culture results take a couple days, but we’re not expecting any problems.
He will most likely be moved out of the PICU and onto the intermediate pediatric floor either tomorrow afternoon or Saturday morning. This is much sooner than we anticipated, but he’s doing that well! He is only requiring a little bit (1/4 L) of oxygen, and he eagerly drank another 4oz of formula for us this evening before going right back to sleep. He will have more tubes, drains, and wires removed tomorrow morning.
It has been really good to hold him and feed him today. Most of the time he just sleeps comfortably and peacefully. His pain is well controlled and his nurses take excellent care of him.
Micah continues to have fun with his grandparents and lightens our spirits when we are around him. He was playing with little plastic animals this afternoon (his favorite!), and we heard the Mommy elephant tell the baby elephant, “Mommy is going to the hopital. Give Mommy a kiss bye-bye.” The baby elephant obediently kissed his mother, then went back to playing with the plastic baby Rhino.