It came to a point this morning where something had to be done. Neil's ICP's were remaining too high. His bloodwork showed that he couldn't be given the meds that usually brought the pressure down, so a CT scan was ordered. The results of that indicated it was time for action. Dr. Danish took him in for surgery about 1:30 and performed a hemicraniectomy. That means they removed a portion of his skull to relieve the pressure. Surgery was successful, his pressures went down, and Neil was taken off all his meds--the sedation, the paralytic, and all that other stuff. Neil is now able to move a little and breathe a little on his own over the ventilator.
Now, don't get too excited. His movements may, or may not be in response to our voices. His eyes are still closed. We still have no idea the extent of the damage to his brain. But at least now he can begin to heal. For what it's worth, the nurse did say that she thought his movements seemed "purposeful" and that she was surprised by how quickly he seemed to be responding.
Don't think we don't believe that miracles can happen. We know they do. But we don't know what God has in store for Neil. We constantly petition Him with our prayers. He knows we want the miracle, but we have faith that it's in His hands.
Okay, now you can get a little excited with us. We're on to the next part of our adventure. We'll see what it brings. Thanks for praying for the miracle, too.