The staff at Presby have been slowly putting Ian back together. They’ve done a superb job with Ian throughout this whole process (thank you!). They installed the shunt and put his bone flap back. Their theory in putting it back on is that the brain tends to recognize the absence of a portion of the skull and is reluctant to get fired up again after a trauma like that. They say that sometimes patients do better when they reinstall it. So, that’s done as of Friday in a 5 hour surgery.
Since the surgery, we’ve noticed that Ian’s eyes open all the way more often. I think he can hear us. I played a tape of us talking, and Ian’s heart rate went up 5 points when Mary’s voice came on. He still squeezes our hands.
I think their hope is to move him to the rehab place in Wilkinsburg (LifeCare) early next week. We’ll see….
Thank you for your prayers.