Patrick continues to progress. He's passed his swallow test, so he's slowly working up to eating normal food again, which he's thoroughly enjoying. He's speaking and understanding what's being said, so that's very encouraging. He's having some sort of reaction to something which is causing him to feel itchy (and then agitated from not being able to itch himself constantly). So he's taking benadryl for that, which then, of course, makes him super sleepy.
His drs are hoping to transition him back to a normal inpatient room soon (any day?), and there he will continue to work with physical therapy to regain his balance and coordination, while his drs work to determine what caused all of this, and what to do with him next.
I'm home with bronchitis and a double ear infection (I thought those were only for toddlers!?), so I'm banned from the ICU for a few days, until I feel better. Thankfully, Patrick's older sister JoAnn has arrived from Seattle for the holidays, so there's another person on hand to help Claire and Christine care for PK while I'm out of commission.
Continue to pray for answers to his neurological decline...we'd really love to see him up and walking (and home!) for Christmas!