Below, the first complete Harper Family photo in a long time. We took Eddie out for a stroll around the ICU again today . . . this time sitting in a wheelchair with Sarah. What you can't see are the two nurses responsible for pushing the Berlin Heart compressor (under the laptop) and the rolling "tower of medicine" that accompanies Eddie wherever he goes (strategically placed to my left off camera).
Eddie had another good day today. For the most part, his vitals and labs are stable, no real fever, bleeding seems to be under control, and two ECHOs show only very small amounts of fluid in his pericardium (so no immediate danger of repeating his tamponade episodes). For this week, we'll begin working very closely with Physical Therapy and Speech/Nutrition to get him as strong as possible in advance of transplant.
Gratifying moment . . . our transplant surgeon stopped by this morning and wanted to let us know that he didn't think he had ever seen the staff rally behind a patient the way everyone has for Eddie. It probably helps that he's so darn cute, of course, but I know it's also a function of how critically ill he has been and how strong he has fought back. To top it off, there is a whiff of miracle about this boy and it's wonderful to see how many people he has inspired over the past several weeks.
To express its gratitude, Seattle Children's began sending Eddie delicious meal trays yesterday. Menu samplings include pureed maple pancakes, pureed egg souffle, pureed potatoes, and (my favorite) pureed macaroni and cheese. And as you can tell from the photo below, the culinary staff has some wicked creativity skills since Eddie's pureed corn entrée is even molded in the shape of, yep, an ear of corn!
For those patient souls still waiting for a real Eddie smile, I hope this clip satisfies. One of our beautiful transplant friends stopped by the other day and dropped off a gift for Eddie . . . the "magic" swimming clown fish (aka Nemo). It was a huge hit and his face says it all . . . even though he's not ready to completely give up on his Thomas engines.
Have a wonderful week!