|Looking stylish but a bit too skinny|
By this evening, Will finished two of the protein shakes, and has really perked up to the point that he actually smiled a few tiny little smiles. We went and got Will his favorite food - french fries from Wendy's in the hospital, and he was able to eat two bites before giving up and spitting out a third. We are starting to wonder if some of the swelling in his brain is impacting his ability to chew on the right side, which would likely subside in a few days if that is the case. We're not going to push it at this point. Thankfully he was able to eat something, and we are hoping the protein shakes will be enough to avoid a feeding tube.
Will has pulled the gauze wrap off of his head so many times that even the nurses are getting sick of rewrapping it, and each time we do it is torture to him because we have to hold his head to do it. We had a tense moment today when the tape from his gauze caught on the internal drain tube which is still inside his skull and it almost got yanked. After Will's last surgery, we purchased a skull cap to be able to put on him when we went out in public to avoid the inevitable stares and uncomfortable questions from curious onlookers. We showed it to the neurosurgery team, and they agreed to let him wear that instead of his head wrap. He is a lot more comfortable, and now when he pulls it off, we can just slip it back on. Plus, he looks a bit stylish now too.
It is looking like we might be here a day or two longer than initially anticipated to make sure that he can eat and drink on his own. Our neurologist suggested that once Will stabilizes they might discharge us from the hospital and then we could just remain in Detroit at a hotel for a day or two rather than going home. That way, we can get Will into a more comfortable environment while at the same time be sure he will tolerate the drive home and know that we won't have to try to rush back if something goes wrong.