Please forgive my slacking in posting- When family is here, I often run out of time or forget to post an update. Zane's still progressing on slowly. His temp continues to fluctuate up and down a bit, but the cultures they sent to the lab haven't grown anything yet. In other words, there's still no sign of infection. He's still awake intermittently, but sleepy over all. He seems very thirsty, and is always asking for water when he wakes up. Our burn survivor friend told us that that was one of the worst things when he woke up as well & that Gatorade was the only that quenched his thirst. You better believe we'll be buying cases of it when Zane's able to drink. Yesterday, Zane asked me (mouthing still, not talking), "When can I have a glass of water?". I explained that it would be a few days because of the "tube in his throat". He looked a little disgruntled, but the swabs seem to suffice for now.
Yesterday morning Zane had asked what day it was again & we told him. Later in the afternoon he asked, "When is Thanksgiving?". It seemed like he had at least retained the information from that morning & remembered that he'd lost a few weeks that afternoon. Once, when I was giving him a swab for his mouth, I asked him if he wanted his teeth brushed & he excitedly nodded yes. He's been pretty picky about brushing his teeth the past few months, so I'm sure he enjoyed it. He's been seeing occupation and physical therapists almost every day. I've been in his room several times during OT & although very tight when they start, his arms and hands loosen up a lot by the time they're done. Yesterday they were able to stretch his right hand to touch his forehead! He does really well squeezing & moving with his left hand, but can't bend his right hand enough to squeeze yet. He gets a little frustrated because he's lost a lot of strength in his arms, especially the right side. But, he never tells them to stop- he just grits his teeth & pushes it harder. He's definitely a fighter & even in his half-awake state, he's working hard to get his strength and mobility back.
Later in the afternoon and evening, he got restless again. He told me his legs were itching- which is actually a good sign that the skin is healing! After trying to throw his legs over the sides of the bed again, his nurse had to give him some medication (Versed, for those wondering) to calm him down. He's still receiving a lot of medication, but they're trying to find a happy medium where he's awake, but not in pain. We'll get there eventually!
Each day that goes by, I get more excited about when he'll truly "come out of it" & be able to talk to us. God continues to provide for our needs, and sends us precious little blessings in the form of cards, emails, words from strangers, & even little whispers of encouragement to our souls.