When Neil was born he had what was then called "club feet." The doctors put tiny little casts on his newborn feet and legs for a few weeks, then he was upgraded to these cool booties connected with a bar. (The bar actually made a nice handle for diaper changing!) Eventually the bar came off and he learned to walk in backward shoes. Neil's left foot never did straighten out entirely, but it never slowed him down.
Neil's wearing different boots now for almost the same reason. Patients who are in bed for a long time tend to get "drop foot." The achilles tendon tightens up and it can be very difficult to stretch it out enough to walk again. So Neil wears these adorable, sheepskin-lined Uggs at various times throughout the day. They're open at the toes and heels so he doesn't get too hot. To add to this stylish ensemble, he also wears air-filled leggings on his calves. Tubes full of air massage his legs to help keep blood clots from forming. I'm telling you, this guy is quite the trend setter! All the patients in the ICU seem to be wearing them now!
Not a lot of change since yesterday. His eyes are opening a little more, but still not focusing. Kind of a quiet day. Talking to various rehab facilities about where he'll be moved to when the time comes. We'll keep you up to date.