Today Graham surprised us all and opened his eye all on his own! No help from Dad this time. It was the best moment we've had in a week and a half, so we thought we'd share it with you. He was so alert today, moving around and getting some of his personality back.
He also started on breast milk this morning (through a tube). I think we'll start to see some of his strength come back over the next few days. Now if we could just get that swelling to go away. They say the edema is the last to go and it looks like we're following that trend.
Saturday will be two weeks that Graham has been back in the hospital and also two weeks he has been on antibiotics. They will reassess whether or not to continue antibiotics then, and we should have a better idea of how long our stay will be. The new goal is to be out by the time Uncle Ward comes back from Turkey at the end of January. If not, we've already devised a scheme on how to sneak him in to see his nephew.
Bill and I and Mom and Dad would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has come to visit us here at Riley. Uncle Andy and Aunt Kirsten brought us an amazing homemade dinner, Grater's ice cream, and lots of other goodies. Auntie Jen and Heidi took me out for a girls lunch in downtown Indy. Steve, Jodi, Aaron and Lisa were great friends and made the trip down from Fort Wayne. Derek, Joe and Sallie are right here in Indy and have popped in to see us. Our Hoopeston family has sent wonderful representation with Mrs. Anvick, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Nelson and daughter Julie, the Shaffers and today we saw the Roots. It's hard to put into words how it feels to see you come into our world of worry and help deflate that stress. It really helps us to sit back and laugh and talk about other things. We just wish you could have met Graham while you were here. The visits, along with the many cards, phone calls, comments on our blog, texts, facebook messages, all make us feel surrounded by support and love.