Zane is still doing well today. Because of the continued fevers, they took the central IV line out of his groin last night and put one in his neck. The neck is a cleaner place to have it, so it's less likely to get infected. They keep drawing cultures, and nothing new seems to be growing from them so there are no new infections. He was a little more alert today, but still very agitated and moving around a lot. He won't stay still or lay straight in bed- he keeps pushing himself up and down with his legs and twisting sideways. The nurses had put an oxygen monitor on one of his toes and he clearly did not like it. He had his leg lifted way up in the air and was wiggling his toes all around trying to get it off. It was pretty comical, really.
He seemed to recognize who we were today and responded appropriately to things we were saying. He smiled when he saw mom and me. He was able to mouth the word "cold" to us so the nurse got him a sheet to cover up with. After we covered him up he mouthed the words "thank you". I joked and told him he was more polite in the hospital than he was at home. :) The occupational therapist came up to help him move his arms around and change the dressings on his hand splints. She left the left hand splint off for a while so he could move around his fingers. He held and even squeezed my hand a little. I rubbed his feet when he started to get agitated and sometimes it helped calm him down. I pulled up a chair and sat beside him, holding his hand for a while. At one point I saw him staring at the wall so I asked him if he was looking at the pictures we'd printed out and put up there (there's a big one from our wedding a few smaller ones of the whole family). He nodded, kind of motioned towards the picture of us with his eyebrows, and mouthed the word "beautiful". It's so good to see little signs of life like this. After him being so delirious the past few days, it was so reassuring to see him with a bit sharper mind.
This morning I signed the consent for his surgery tomorrow. They won't know for sure how much they'll have to do until they actually get him in to the OR. They'll definitely have to do some debridement to get the dead cells off. The question is how much grafting they'll do. The PA we met with this morning said Dr. Pomahac was thinking it would be mostly on the right side. Praise God they're not thinking they'll have to do the whole back! The surgery is scheduled for 7:30AM EST so I will update you all as soon as I get some news after.
Being a major trauma center this long, I am constantly reminded how blessed we are. Zane isn't out of the woods yet, but he's certainly doing well! There is so much pain and suffering around us, but we do our best to empathize and share a little of the hope we have with those families. People are very interested in Zane's story and we have made many friends. We've been blessed by being able to pray for them, and by their prayers for us. It's a beautiful thing.