Not all doctors agree. And we've seen a lot of doctors with a lot of different opinions. Although he doesn't interact with Neil as much as some of the other doctors, Doctor Bagner is his attending physician and he makes the final call. So Neil will probably not be trached until next week. I have mixed feelings for Neil. I know he hates the breathing tube, but Dr. Bagner says there's a chance we may not have to trach him at all if he can start to breathe on his own. Come on, Neil!
Still fighting an infection. Looks like it's his left lung. It's not pneumonia, fortunately, but they're treating him with antibiotics. Hopefully that will bring down this annoying fever. I hate to see Neil so uncomfortable.
The bolt monitor came off today! That means they're not worried about his ICPs anymore. The radical skull surgery worked. Thank you, Dr. Danish!
They are now slowly trying to wean him off the sedative and pain medication. A physical therapist showed me how to exercise his hands and arms. I love the interaction with him and I'm looking forward to the time when he'll be able to respond.
More good news: Neil got his acceptance letter from BYU Idaho today! We're so proud of him. Hopefully it will provide some motivation for his recovery.