Sunday, June 14, 2009

"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely, do members grow under the same roof." --from Daniel's M.A. in counseling commencement (with a special thanks to Alex Cabrera)

Daniel is now on the 3rd floor in room 311. He was moved here two nights ago. My mom stayed with him last night and was there when I arrived around 11:00am. His heartrate was up a bit and his breathing has been erratic. He is also running a high temperature. Nurses have given tylenol and cold compresses for the fever and ativan, a relaxant, to get his heartrate back to normal. He is also getting a blood clot thinner through I.V. This has helped reduce the swelling he had in his right arm and hand.

He settled into a nice nap shortly after recieving the ativan and was calm and peaceful by 1pm.

According to the nurses, these issues are related to having been in bed for this long. Also, Daniel's brain isn't working as effeciently as normal due to the neurological damage he has sustained from his injury. The nurse explained to me that whenever tissue in your body is damaged it "weeps" fluid. Similarly, Daniel's brain continues to "weep" fluid. This is why Daniel is always upright in his bed; so that the cerebrospinal fluid can drain more easily through the shunt. The shunt is continually adjusted and they move his body around to avoid sores or infections from staying in one position for too long.

Cathy was away at a soccer tournament for Danielito. The word is that the Hawks have taken home another trophy. Way to go Hawks, way to go Danielito!!!!

Re-Presente! Victor, Magarita, Cristina, Vero and George, Valeria, George Jr., Mando, Diana, Margarito, Deanna, David Serrano y su esposa, Chuy and Adrian...Langston Hughes

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