It's amazing how small, baby steps seem like leaps and bounds. Today has been a very encouraging day in many respects. Prentice is now responding to his family's voices and also to simple commands -- squeeze my hand, move your toes, etc. As of right now, he especially knows and wants Barbara near. The doctor has explained to him what has happened, so he's now aware, we believe, of why he is where he is. His oxygen levels continue to improve and our hope is that he's able to be extubated tomorrow. This will be a relief to him because it's really beginning to annoy him -- also good. He continues to run a high fever.
Here is what we're asking you to pray: Positive results from the drug, Lasix, given to him an hour ago to improve his kidney function. Continued lung improvement so he can be extubated tomorrow. Relief from fever and blood pressure up. Deep rest for him and Barbara tonight. More baby steps!
Also, for those of you following our sweet Palmer, she has her second hip procedure (core decompression) at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning at Vanderbilt Childen's, just a few blocks from where Prentice is. Please pray for the procedure to be successful, reversing the necrosis in her hip joint. Her web address is prayforpalmer.com.
God is faithful and in Him, we trust completely!