Neil wants to wake up...I think. He is off the medicine that sedates him, but he's still receiving something for pain. I'm sure that has some sedative properties by itself. The ventilator is set on CPAP--meaning he is taking his own breaths, but the machine gives him a little boost. Now Neil is moving. Just a little, but hey, we'll take that! His right hand appears to be either texting, or involved in a really intense video game. When I hold it, I get to feel like he's squeezing my hand :-) His eyes haven't opened yet, but the lids appear to be moving almost like he's blinking. He opens his mouth to yawn, and he has a fairly strong cough. Every little twitch gives us a thrill!
He's still fighting the fever, but doctors are on top of it and not overly concerned.
Over and over again we're told it's going to take a loooong time, so we're trying to be patient.
More good news: We've finally located Neil's wallet and awesome shoes! We have been trying to track them down for some time now. Turns out they were stored here at the ER under the wrong name. Many thanks to Jennifer J. and her connections for solving the mystery.