Quite the handsome devil.

29 June 2012

So far, so good.

Jackson had a good night last night. (So did Ashley--I could tell from the snoring).  They've started giving him ensure through a feeding tube to his stomach (in addition to the liquids in the IV) and he has tolerated that well.  Trying to keep his salts balanced, urine output balanced, etc.  No major problems.  Other than the obvious.  He is still heavily sedated with fentanyl and versed, but we were able to get some good full body response from him when we helped the nurses shift his position today.  He doesn't like to have his mouth suctioned or his teeth cleaned so he shifts around when they do that, too.

The neurological surgeon came in this morning and checked all of his responses.  He said he was "encouraged" by Jackson's progress, which was exciting to hear because he is not one to throw out terms like that very often.  He said this weekend should be just a quiet resting weekend for Jackson and we are hoping for continued stability.  Maybe next week we will start thinking about getting the big "bolt" out of his head that monitors brain pressure.  Those numbers continue to remain low and steady which is a great thing.

Ashley and I feel so lucky to be able to stay at the Ronald McDonald house across the street.  It's a nice place with everything you could need for an extended stay.  We are still going home every other day or so to spend some time with the kids.  They are doing well and lots of people from both the Beaufort and Ridgeland wards are visiting, helping, bringing in food, etc.  Jake said he is in heaven with all the food.

We both want to thank all of you for the fasting and prayers offered on our behalf.  I know Heavenly Father hears all of the prayers and that he is watching over Jackson.  We have seen many miracles already.

I'll try to update again at the end of the day.  We love you all!

~Heather & Ashley

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