The tracheotomy went well! It's all in and he looks a million times more comfortable without all that stuff in his mouth. They also placed a thin feeding tube in through his nose that actually extends down beyond the stomach. It's much more comfortable for him, but it also makes sure that the nutrition gets through his system. We just went in to see him and I am simply blown away by the progress. We got to see the graft on his neck and it looks downright amazing. It just blows my mind that God not only created such an amazing, complex body, but that he also gifted human minds to be able to create the technology and medical know-how to do such things. AMAZING!
We did get a report that a new strain of infection has developed. It looks like it may be septic (in his blood). But, they have identified what it is and have covered it with antibiotics they know it's sensitive to. We're into the stage now where Zane's greatest threat is infection. These little guys are stubborn and can become resistant to antibiotics, so the doctors are trying to stay very on top of tracking them down and treating them. His blood pressure has been a little low and his heart rate a little elevated. But, they assure us that this is just a little down-swing that is to be expected with infection. Your prayers in this area are very needed right now that God will give his body the strength it needs to fight off these infections.
His breathing remains good, and they're hoping to take the vent off his trach and cap it at some point this weekend so he might be able to communicate with us. What a blessing that would be! Your prayers for Zane's mind would also be appreciated. We have no idea how he'll cope with all of this when he wakes up. We know that his faith is strong and he is a very calm, logical guy, but tragic events can really shake a person up.
We are praising God that he looks so good- in another week his face is going to look fantastic! While we pray for those pesky infections to go away, we trust that God will provide just as he has through the past ten days. I am ever, always in awe of the love and faithfulness of our Father.