Friday, January 18, 2008
One week post-trauma
For the most part, David's condition is about the same as yesterday. His fever has decreased slightly, and the blood cultures didn't grow out any bacteria. The trach tube was inserted, so he's got the "Christopher Reeve" neck look going now. His leg is still exposed from the surgery, and the opening is gaping about 3 inches by 7 inches. The leg is packed with gray sponges and the wound vac is still sucking away. He is developing pneumonia, which is scary, but a common condition when you've been on the ventilator for a while. The doctors don't expect any big improvements in the next few days, but we're hopeful that his body will continue to heal and be ready for less sedation soon.