Neil has a bit of pneumonia. We are hoping it will clear itself up with the new breathing help he is getting from the nose oxygen, and from the chest PT the nurses give him every two hours. That involves pulling him onto his side and playing the bongos on his back. If this doesn’t work, it’s the breathing tube in his mouth again.
Dr. Danish, Neil’s skull remover, said that Neil’s brain has settled down and he may be putting his bone flap back on very soon—possibly even before he leaves for rehab. When exactly that will be now, we don’t know. Looks like no one’s going anywhere (including to surgery) until his lungs are cleared up.
On the bright side, Neil had a pretty good day as far as making eye contact and interacting with us is concerned. It seems like he is trying to make some controlled movements with his right hand and arm now. The nurse even saw one of his balloon kicks! I don’t think any of the hospital staff has believed that he is doing it purposefully. Now we’ve got a witness. :-)