Monday, May 21, 2012
5/21/12 7:00 AM: Cameron here… “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praise to Your name, O most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness every night” Psalm 92:1-2. Even through the night God is working. He does not sleep nor does He slumber! Truman never needed the oscillating vent as was the concern yesterday. Throughout the night the amount of oxygen they are providing him on the vent has been successfully weaned to a safer and acceptable level. His oxygen levels (saturations) have remained near 100%! Additionally, he has continued to urinate substantially. Yesterday he was so swollen, to the point of not being recognizable. There is still swelling but it is clearly improving. Blood flow to his left foot remains diminished due to a blood clot in his femoral artery but the flow is not absent. They have his foot wrapped in warm blankets so I have not been able to see it. He remains on a blood thinning medication. I just spoke to his nurse and she informed me that they were also able to turn off again the paralytic medication. As a result he is actually breathing “above the vent”. This means that he is taking his own breathes. The ventilator helps him once he initiates it but he is determining the rate of breaths. We have a new “team” today: a new set of residents, fellows and a new attending. Please pray for God’s wisdom and direction to be with them. Please continue to pray for Truman. I cannot express in words how much it means to us that you are all praying. Laura and I both have felt at times too exhausted to pray and at a loss for words. With everyone praying, however, it feels as if we are riding on top of a huge tidal wave which is your prayers. You are holding us up and ushering Truman, Laura and me up to the Holy of Holies. This knowledge is of great comfort to us. Please keep praying. We will try to keep updating.