As of today and tonight, Ned is staying the course. Betsy and I are in awe and humbled by God's work through our little family. After switching him to the jet vent and playing with his medications a little, Ned has continued to be stable today. They tried to wein him down on the jet vent some last night, but he let them know real quick he wasn't prepared for that, so they put the settings back. We are thanking our awesome God that he has stayed stable today. They did take him off the paralytic drug they had him on so he wouldn't move around and drop his stats, and he has been able to do without it so far. They said it would take some time to completely get out of his system, so he really hasn't moved a whole lot yet. He is still swollen, but he is urinating more and more frequently now, so hopefully, he will be able to shed some of the excess fluid. Betsy was going to go home to see Jack and Margaret and her family Friday afternoon, but the doctors said if it was them, they would not go that far away, so of course Betsy stayed. The doctors did say this afternoon though, that they felt confident he was stabilized, so Betsy headed for C-ville for the night to see Jack and Margaret, and even went bearing gifts. She took Margaretta some clothes, and much to my objection, took Jack a UNC football helmet with the full shoulder pads and jersey with his name on it. I can partially thank Sarah Fowler for that, thanks alot! Betsy said he was running around saying he's a real tarheel now. Great. I think I'll make a trip to Durham one of these days and get the kid some real gear (maybe not football gear!) myself. Ned and I just hung out this afternoon, and watched some of the Duke/Miami game. Everytime Duke hit a three, he threw his arms up over his head, so I think he's a Duke fan. OK, I just made that up. I guess I'll have a little more work to do on Jack.
Anyway, we just continue to thank God for each and every one of the miracles that He is performing in Ned's life each day. Although we can't wait to get these surgeries over and take this little guy home, we are content in the fact that this is God's plan, God's timing, God's glory. We take comfort in the fact that there are bigger, stronger, more healing arms holding Ned when we can't. We are thankful for the nurses, doctors, and surgeons that the Lord has placed in our path right now, and your prayers for them as well as Ned and our family are greatly appreciated.
Travis, Betsy, Jack and Ned