He is swollen from all the fluids they pumped into him. He's had 13 units of blood and multiple liters of other fluids. His face looks round and chubby like it did when he was a toddler. (except for the whiskers on it now)
They are scheduling him for OR tomorrow to see if the swelling is down enough to close the incision - which means he would then be off sedation and the vent :) That is my prayer! The vent is miserable!
The nurse said when she rolled him slightly this morning, he tried to help by moving himself. She said, "Don't - you'll hurt yourself. Don't you have pain?"
He shook his head no.
Tough, determined kid that he is ... I know he won't complain about pain very easily, even if he's feeling it. So my prayer right now is that he isn't feeling pain ... and my practical 'help' is telling the nurse to give him regular pain meds even if he's not complaining! Hey, a mom has to do what a mom has to do to keep her kids comfortable.
Joseph - last year at age 18