Night number two is now behind us, and Zane is holding strong. We were just in to see him and he's looking great. He's running a bit of a fever but they've given him Tylenol/Motrin to control it and it's come down since this morning. They're attributing it mostly to the stress of the surgery yesterday on his body. His vitals are still strong- they gave him some medication to slow his heart rate down a bit because it was a little high yesterday- between 145 & 150 bpm. He's down to around 120 bpm now. They also attributed that to the stress of the situation, and said that it is entirely normal in a young healthy man.
They sent off some lab work of his urine and blood to check for infection after the surgery. We should have the results in a couple days. We'll also know whether the grafting has "taken" within a couple of days.
Last night he was taken for a CT scan of his chest because of some unclear xray readings. They saw a little cloudiness and were unsure of what it was. The concern would be swelling near the heart or a rupture of the aorta. The preliminary results came back within a couple hours and we were told that it looked like upper right lung was not getting fully inflated. The resident doctor told us that it was not a big deal at all- that probably it was just that the intubation tube was down a little too far and just needed to be pulled back a bit. It's not an unusual thing to happen, and it's not difficult to correct.
So basically, any "hiccups" have been just that- minor. He remains strong and the staff seem to have everything under control. Although... we know who is truly keeping things under control- God's hand has been on Zane from the second he was struck. Our Father is an almighty God and He is truly capable of anything. He has raised the dead, and I know he has held my husband all through this. Zane's strength is a result of the faith that he has in Chirst. For those of you who knew Zane, you probably knew that his faith was unshakable and bold. Zane was the most Godly man I had ever met, and it was that faith that made him the unforgettable person that he is.
Our spirits remain high and our faith remains strong.. not because of our own strength, but because of the grace and peace that God has given us. I hope He's given you all that same strength. Somehow in my mind, I believe that I have to be strong for Zane.. that somehow God's strength working through me is translating to strength for Zane. Your prayers and comments have blessed us more than you know. Each message we get is like a ray of sunshine into our days. I can't wait for Zane to be able to see all of this after. :)