I am moved to tears by the outpouring of support for Stephen, Bill, and I. I can't thank you enough for all the prayers, thoughts, positive energy, and virtual hugs we've received over the past 48 hours. Even though most days we feel so alone in this journey, your messages are a reminder that there a lot of people out there that truly care about us.
Stephen is getting better; little by little. He (and we) had another sleepless night, which only multiples the stress level (this has been a BIG lesson in patience!), but this morning they backed off on his albuterol from 10 mg to 7.5 mg. Which is definitely a step in the right direction. It helps to know that the attending doctors (the doctors that oversee the residents) from the PICU come and check up on him every shift, which is very reassuring. They're super smart and knowledgeable!!! And his lungs sound better with minimal to no wheezing, another plus. But there's definitely still evidence of atelectasis (collapse of part of the lung) in portions of his lungs. We're still holding out hope that Stephen will be discharged by Friday, but know that Santa will find us no matter where we are!