We are sustained, in Forrest's seemingly unending battle, by your love, prayers, and encouragement. He is valiantly holding his own tonight. He is being kept under deep sedation and is still on the ventilator. Serial CAT scans of his brain show little change. Every 12 hours, they lighten the sedation in order to assess his neurological status. It is a very brief window because he begins to fight the ventilator but is not strong enough yet to safely breathe on his own. Tonight, during this fleeting moment he lifted himself out of the twilight just far enough to respond to our urging and wiggled his right toes again. Then he began to cough and gag, so the IV sedation was cranked back up and he slipped away. The nurses here are working around the clock to maintain his vital signs and try to prevent pneumonia, while we work with the doctors to understand the reason for his rapid decline. It's so gut wrenching not knowing why this happened or how to turn him around. Surgical removal of his skull flap is still an option if he fails to make more progress in the coming days.
One of Forrest's other mothers, Valerie Lee, drove down from Virginia for the week-end to fill the void that my sister, Lobie, left when she flew out Thursday. Valerie insisted in relieving us of a few night shifts and has spent the last two nights keeping vigil and sharing the news from home with Forrest. Her love and optimism have provided us with a vital life line to our community, just when we needed it most. Austin, our first born and Forrest's champion, continues to amaze and inspire me with his gentle reassurance and steady strength. If I stumble and look down, he is always there to catch me. Kent leads the medical charge and is relentless in his pursuit of the answer that will knock down this wall between Forrest and his future. I am certain that together, we will claw our way out of this dark hole again and will be posting pictures of Forrest's winning smile soon.
With love to all,
Mum & Team Forrest