Today has been pretty good. He has come off the norepinepherine and his BP has remained stable. The antibiotic has been decreased to a "normal" dose for menengitis instead of the super dose he was on. The lasix is working wonders for his output. He has been peeing a lot. (He is negative 200 for those of you that want details). He is still over-breathing the vent, which means that he is triggering his own breaths and not depending on the machine to breath for him. He has done this most of the time he has been on the vent which is a positive sign that the brainstem is still sending the signal to breath dispite the swelling. His fever was up to 102.2 again but they think that is just due to the inflammatory response not the bacteria. His eyes did move around while the nurse was checking his pupils and they did move towards us (Angel and Rob) when we were talking to him. We were excited for a while, but Dr. Osguthrope told us that while his pupils are unequal he probably is not responding to our voice but the fact that they are moving side to side is good.
they put a picture of charlie on his pole so the nurses would know what he usually looks like.
hand unclenched for awhile
At about 4:30 he started clenching his fists again. He does seem to get aggitated at the same time every day. Dr. Osguthorpe wondered if it is possibly due to his natural cycle of cortisol (hormone). This raises and falls throughout the day and explains why babies get fussy at certain times of day.
one of his great nurses, christine. so excited to see each other. Brian describing how char's fists were unclenched for awhile. britton brought charlie a duck hat