Thursday, August 09, 2007

Last night

Matt's incision, immediately after surgery. Amazingly, he was alert and talking to us at this time.

Matthew had a great night (everything considered :-)) We were able to see him last night right after the surgery. I was suprised to see that he was awake and the incision was only covered by a towel. I suppose I expected that his whole head would be wrapped in bandages and that he would be sleeping. He does have a lot of tubes - including a drain (about the size of a large IV) in the top of his skull. He was properly responsive to the neurological tests and could talk to us. The breathing tube was not in anymore. He looked at me, though, and said, "Mom, I think I might have strep throat..." :-)

This morning he is even more alert. It is very difficult to tell whether or not his short term memory will be improved. Morphine will make anyone repeat themselves! I think he looks a little better and calmer. He is also on a clear liquid diet. That is making him very happy. He just went for a CT scan to see how things look this morning.

We'll see how the rest of the morning goes, but so far so good!

I took some pictures of him immediately after the surgery, but I need to decide whether or not they will be too graphic! I don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable seeing his incision. It's about 8 inches across the front of his head!

I'll try to update again this evening!

Love you all,


Joe said...


We're "just up the road" and standing by to help out however we can. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Thank you so much for providing us all with updates here. I know how hard it can be with many (MANY!) concerned people trying to find out the latest news.


April said...

Warnie and Alli,

We wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are getting constant updates from my mom.
Even though we are half a world away we are thinking of you.

Carl and April Agren

Katie said...

You might consider putting the pictures in a linked album, so people who wanted to see would be able to, and those who'd rather not wouldn't need to click. Still praying for you all!