His facial swelling has significantly decreased, his color has remained pink through the night & today, his breathing has remained calm while on the vent. There have not been indications of internal bleeding from the chest walls which is a major hurdle thus far & the bleeding from his chest tubes is within normal limits. He is still currently heavily sedated. Earlier today, he had a heart echo to check R heart function, & he is receiving medications to pace & increase his heart rate in efforts to increase his BP & to help both ventricles contract better as they have been a bit sluggish. They plan to proceed with decreasing sedation & try to wean him from vent, but they want to see improvements in the stability of his BP, monitored #'s relative to the pressure of the vessels servicing his neck & head, & his oxygen dependency on the vent before they trial extubating (removing the breathing tube) him. Time will tell & all is determined by how Perry's new heart & lungs continue to function. There have not been many alarming issues today & each visit continues to show improvements. He has been able to briefly open his eyes, squeeze our hands, wiggle his toes, & gently nod to answer questions when the sedation meds are decreased. He opened his eyes 5 times during my last visit without the decrease of sedation meds. He is receiving excellent care from his healthcare team & has continued to receive 1:1 nursing care. I am almost sure that he knows he is still "with us" & not dreaming. He is receiving praise by all of us, & we are sharing all of the expressed love & support from all of you!!!!