I am thrilled to be able to say that today was an encouraging day for Forrest. This AM at the morning nurse shift change, when asked, he most definitely gave a thumbs up and a wiggle of the toes, both right and left. In addition he shrugged his shoulders on command! Twice a day, during the nurse shift changes, the sedation is very briefly lightened to evaluate any signs of cognitive improvement (aka responding to verbal commands). With lighter sedation comes an increased gag reflex,and he runs the the very real risk of aspiration which could potientially lead to pneumonia. This makes it impossible to keep in in a lightened state for very long. However, today will hopefully be the first big step on the way back out of the rabbit hole. There have been a myriad of specialists weighing in over the past few days about what steps to take next, and the consensus is to watch and wait a few more days. As long as Forrest shows improvement, it seems a prudent course of action. HIs vitals remain stable, and there is no evidence that the intracranial pressure is increasing. Nor does he show signs of an infection or rejection to the prosthesis. This is all a relief to everyone.
This morning Rae dreamed that he walked into the room and gave her a thumbs up, and indeed he was able to greet her with a feeble thumbs up during the lightened sedation. This week I'm sure will bring challenges, but no one on this earth has more faithful friends or loving family than Forrest. Combined with his spirit and his will to get back to us, I know it will happen. Now, as much as ever, we need your prayers and collective thoughts sent Forrests' way.
Love to all
Rae, Kent, and Austin
Valerie standing vigil over Forrest
(Lacrosse ball signed and sent by his Mercersburg lax buddies)