Here are some photos that show Ammon's progress with the swollen face. This one is today where he is waving to all of you. As you can see, he is still on the ventilator. They are taking it day by day because his lungs are producing an enormous amount of fluid. The doctor said today that it is not pneumonia, but they haven't dared take him off the breathing tube because he can't cough well enough to take care of the fluid well enough by himself. Each day we hope but we don't want them to have to do it too early and then have to re-intubate when he's awake. That would be pretty traumatic for him. He has seemed to accept the tube and the suctioning now. In fact, today he wanted his pen to write a note and he said, on the note, "I need to be suctioned really quick!" We're glad he is letting us know when he is in pain and what he needs. His blood pressure is much better today but the potasium levels have been problematic as well due to the diruetic they have given him to get rid of all the fluid inside his body.
Hopefully tomorrow will be the red-letter day when he will have turned the corner and will begin to really feel better. Look everybody -- NO HALO!!
Friday night - we didn't even recognize this little boy.