All of Matthew's physicians rounded early today, so I can give you an early update. Matthew had a pretty good day yesterday and a peaceful night last night. He did spike a fever last night and one again this morning, so they are going to draw blood cultures. His white count is elevated now too, so this is also an indicator that he has an infection of some sort (I'm guessing a pneumonia, due to when he extubated himself on Thursday). He is on antibiotics and they are giving him Motrin to control the fever.
Matthew's neurologist feels that we can start to wean his sedative today. They have already turned it down 1/3 of the way and we are seeing his little personality come back a bit. He is opening his eyes ever so slightly when we talk to him and looking our direction. He is also trying very hard to lift both of his arms towards his face. (His nurse thinks he'll pull the tube himself before we pull it for him...she convinced he's a strong little dude). He even tried to give daddy a quick little smile.
The intensivist and his entourage (or according to my friend Michelle, a whole pester of doctors...) came and other than the blood cultures and weaning his sedation, they had nothing new to say.
So we are hoping that he will tolerate the sedation being weaned as this sedation had been keeping his seizures at bay. They do believe his other seizure medication (the new ones and the old ones) are up to adequate levels to help him. We are also praying the blood cultures come back negative and the antibiotic he is on helps whatever his body is trying to fight.