Kent, Austin and I are taking shifts bedside with Forrest in ICU now. He is sleeping peacefully listening to Coldplay. Hopefully, the music mutes the constant beeping of monitors and the bustle of a busy ICU. He struggled most of yesterday with a slow recovery from anesthesia but the doctors were able to wean him off of the ventilator late last night. Nausea has made it hard for him to keep his medicine down most of today. His stomach seems to be settling now and we have started him on diluted juice and water through his feeding tube. If he keeps that down, we will begin his organic homemade "smoothies" again tonight. Thankfully, some of the awesome nurses that cared for Forrest last summer came to see him when he arrived in ICU and graciously vouched for his Team 44 Entourage. Leaving Forrest alone is simply not an option. Our 24 hour vigilance has been cleared by the hospital powers that be, and the nurses in recovery and ICU have been wonderful. His therapists from his previous hospital stays at WHC came by today and marvelled at his improved weight and condition since he's been home!
Austin accompanied Forrest to his first post-op Cat Scan at 5:00 AM this morning. The images are encouraging and the drainage is slowing down. This afternoon, Forrest was able to struggle up from the post surgical fog, and wiggle his toes when asked if he was in pain. His reward was a speedy dose of pain medicine and a chance to go back to sleep. His amazing brother and champion, Austin will keep vigil bedside again all night. Tomorrow the surgeon will change the compression bandages on Forrest's head and we'll have a first peek at his new profile. Tonight Forrest is resting, gathering his strength for the next chapter in his journey. Our family was blessed to have had such a wonderful reprieve at home. We are grateful that Forrest has made it safely through this difficult surgery and appreciate your continued support and belief in Forrest, more than you can possibly imagine. Your prayers and words of encouragement sustain us. We take turns reading your messages and visions of Forrest healed to him so that he knows he is not forgotten, that he is loved and cared for by so many faithful friends and followers.