He was immediately taken for a CT scan to determine if there was any bleeding or swelling which, thankfully, there wasn't. An MRI would be able to tell us much more about his condition but, of course, since a filing cabinet-sized air compressor is keeping him alive, MRIs are not in Eddie's future. So we'll run him through another CT scan tomorrow morning which will allow us to compare images from both days . . . it was simply too early this morning to see any impact.
So the good news . . . is that Eddie has made rapid improvement throughout the day. By the time I left the hospital in the mid-afternoon, Eddie was moving all of him limbs, verbalizing, and generally acknowledging that he was understanding what we were saying. He even managed a couple crooked smiles, asked for water, and then requested yet another showing of The Polar Express (a sure sign he is on the road to recovery).
When I checked in with Sarah this evening, not only had he continued to strengthen physically, but he also managed to pass the swallow test (yes, the dreaded swallow test again) and even go for a stroll in his wheelchair around the ICU. As you can see from the wonderful photos below, he looks great and we are so amazed at his resiliency and strength.
Please also take notice of the amazing transformation of the Berlin Heart compressor from a cold, stolid (yet efficient) pumping machine to a much kinder, gentler Thomas the Tank Engine. A huge tip of the hat to the wonderful Child Life program at Seattle Childrens and, more specifically, to the those that have bent over backward to bring a smile to Eddie's face. Not only are they responsible for the large Thomas the Tank Engine poster in his room (made by hand with magic markers . . . THOUSANDS of individual strokes . . . truly impressive) and the Berlin compressor conversion, but also for bringing beautiful dogs to his bedside to give his hands a wonderfully soft resting place. We can't rave enough.
So here we are again, traveling down a road we never expected, but gaining strength all along the way. We're tired, but know that Eddie is in good hands . . . and not just those of his nurses and doctors :-)
We hope to have a less complicated update in the morning. We love you all!
|Berlin Heart Transformed|
|The Train Embarks|
|Speaks for Itself|