Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Weaning off medications...

Neil has been weaned off his blood pressure medications and arrhythmia medication. Last week a filter that was placed in his Vena Cava to catch and break up any blood clots. It appears to be doing it's job, as we have had no instances of problems. His external oxygen intake has been reduced, however, he has now contracted pneumonia, which carries high risk overall. Dr. Ellen Nichols, the neurologist from Freeman Hospital that come to consult on Neil's spinal injury concurs with Dr. Kremer (of St. John's): the likelihood of Neil walking again is extremely slim. Although Neil cannot talk due to the tubes in his mouth, he is awake and alert and can communicate with nods of the head and facial expressions (smiles, frowns, etc.). He's pretty bored not being able to do anything but lay in bed 24/7, so please feel free to visit to talk to Neil and or visit with the family. Please continue to pray for healing, pray for wisdom and compassion from the doctors and nurses, that they do the best they can to help Neil recover, and thanks again for your love and support.

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