We were able to see Perry in the ICU a few hours after speaking with the surgeon. We weren't sure what to expect, but upon seeing him for the first time everyone was very pleased to see that he had a very healthy complexion with pink lips, fingers and toes! His entire body was very swollen which was to be expected. Misty was ecstatic when she got to see the first blood draw and the blood was bright red (highly oxygenated)! She had never seen it so red as it was normally a dark purple over the years from decreased lung function.
Later in the evening, they began to wean him off of the sedation to check response to stimulus and we were able to get a few hand squeezes and eye openings before returning to a sedated state which was a promising sign. Per the nurses (all have been fantastic so far), if he keeps his progress up through the night they may try to continue weaning him off the sedatives and extubate in the morning depending on his blood pressure and vent assistance needed. Also per the nurses request, Misty was able to get a good night's rest in a bed for the first time in 2 weeks with her parents and sister at a nearby hotel. She will need the rest for the coming days to be by Perry's side while they extubate and do a lot of hand holding.