Recovery moves slowly sometimes in the CICU, where Judah has been since his surgery back on May 1st. But yesterday and today some major signs of improvement have been seen. Yesterday morning after removing Judah’s IV lines, the doctors finally took him off of the sedation medications and the heavy pain killers. Judah is awake, but very groggy after several days of being kept paralyzed and under heavy sedation.
While still pretty out of it, being awake is a great step forward. Doctors were able to change his trach out for the first time since surgery, and it looks like he is healing very well. His tummy is still very upset and he is not able to hold down food just yet, but we will be moving as slowly as he needs to recover fully. At this rate it looks like we will not be home this week, but hopefully a few more days under close observation and plenty of rest and fluids and Judah will be back up to regular strength. We continue to try to get him off ventilator support again and starting his feeds slowly, so we can work on coming home.
This stay in the CICU has been exhausting for all three of us, but we remain strong and steady, and with every sign of improvement from Judah we are recharged and invigorated. Please continue to keep Judah and all three of us in your thoughts, and with time the good news will continue.