But now, this is what the Lord says - he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel; "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:1-3
Well, the fabulous news is that Dad had another day with no spasms. WHOO HOO! This is amazing news and we feel so fortunate. Although still critical, each day that passes without incident is positive. We had prayed specifically for this and God has blessed dad with quiet blood vessels.
Also, dad has had an increased appetite...requesting chocolate milkshakes & Mexican food (to no one's surprise, I'm sure). Although the quantites he eats are small, any sustinance at this point is great.
It seems that after 6 days of draining blood, it is mostly out of his brain. From our understanding, the spinal fluid washes out the blood. He's averging about 130 cc's (however much that is) of spinal fluid drain each day. The doctors regulate the speed & pressure at which it drains through his blowhole (the doctor actually said that). They will keep the pressure gauge in for awhile as it continues to return to normal pressure and drain out any straggling blood cells.
We are learning on a whole new level how complicated and intricate the brain is. There are so many nuances and reactions that doctors don't fully understand. Dad's doctor today was a Greek guy from Chicago, so we figured he had something going for him even if he couldn't answer all of our brain questions.
Dad also slept for about 2 four-hour stretches last night...far more than he's gotten all week. He looked more rested today and *almost* seemed chipper (it's all relative, I guess!) We sneaked a cell phone in for him to say hi to Brad...I think it made both of their days.
So tonight, we go before the throne of our Merciful Savior and are thankful for all of you who echo our hearts. Please pray:
*for a good attitude
*that he would take one day at a time
*the doctors would have wisdom to come up with an effective plan
Not to be overlooked...Dad's wonderful physical therapist is named Lazarus.