Pops had an uneventful night, thankfully. They kept him sedated and kept his breathing tube in, and it was a stable evening. I am thankful for that.
This morning Michelle, Adam & I went back to see him. We were able to meet with the neurosurgeon, after he went in to check on Dad. He was able to explain to my sister and brother a little more about the surgery & progress. He was happy with how my stable dad was this morning. They were able to remove the pressure monitor from his head – and replaced it with a shiny set of staples.
They stopped the sedative a little after 8 am this morning, and he has been slowly waking up. They aren’t in any rush to wake him, and want him more responsive before they take out his breathing tube.
They did tell us he was able to follow some simple commands – squeeze fingers, move his head, open his eyes, move his legs…. he was twitchy, but that is part of waking up from the sedative. He knew we were there, was responsive to our voices and our touch.
We didn’t stay for too long. It’s hard in the ICU. He is being closely cared for and monitored. The staff is very kind and informative- and they enjoy making fun of me for fainting…. and I am thankful for good people.
So we will be there as often as we can. We will tell him we love him. We are going to encourage him to take his time, heal, and follow the directions of medical staff. This recovery is going to need his full effort and more patience than he has had in his life….
Keep those prayers for him coming. He needs all the help he can get!