You've taken Hope for Daniel to whole new level; I love the long-term perspective and quotes. Thanks so much.
I just got back from the hospital and Daniel was opening his eyes and he now withdraws from pain tests in a more purposeful way. The nurses are careful to note that these are reflexive responses, but they are improvements nonetheless. There are lots of tests and documentation to monitor and maintain Daniel's condition. Daniel has a nurse all to himself all of the time. The SICU has more than a dozen patients, and the normal ratio is 1 nurse for every 2 patients.
This evening, Doctor Tantuwaya removed the ventricular drain (the ventriculostomy was Daniels first operation) from the top of Daniels head; it is no longer needed as the shunt now drains the cerebral spinal fluid to keep the pressure in Daniels head consistent. Daniel has a PICC line--a catheter that goes all the way to his heart--that delivers fluids and meds. He has another "J" tube that goes to his small intestine where nutrition is absorbed. These are both long-term solutions as opposed the I.V. that needs to be changed every four days.
I apologize if some of this information seems redundant, but sometimes we hear the info in new ways and our knowledge seems to be spiraling. The nurse tonight was using google images to explain some of the ideas...it was very useful. Also, you may want to visit http://www.biausa.org/ to learn more about the consequences of brain injury.