Last night was Charlie’s best sleep night in days. He slept almost 4 hours and early this morning he got his heart rate down to 113 bpm. I don't think it has been that low since we got here. So I think Coop knows he has a big day today and is trying his best to be ready for it. The plan is to take him to the OR (PICU is still in a State Penn. status, overcrowded) between 0930 and 1030. From there he'll be in recovery while the sedation wears off and his vitals stabilize, then they'll bring him back to his room w/ a drinking straw stuck in his head. Ang and I are nervous but "cautiously optimistic" that this will help his brain heal. Dr. Brockmeyer the neuro-surgeon talked w/ us this morning and told us that in kids like Charlie they ultimately need a permanent shunt placed to drain the CSF into his abdomen. They won't place that right now because they are concerned about a continuing risk of infection.