Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that Bodie had another good day today! They continued to lower his nitric oxide and he responded favorably (which is great - apparently, that can be a hard one to wean off of) and he is completely weaned off his epi (which is also another big hurdle since that drug helps to pump his heart - it means his heart is doing well enough not to need it!) His fluid retention is also great - he's not nearly so puffy now, so the nurses and docs are really happy!
They're planning to close his chest tomorrow (Thursday), which puts us one step closer to holding him again! YAY!!!!! (they won't let us hold him when his chest is open, as it's too dangerous with his little sternum exposed like that) Then, they start looking at weaning the drugs and slowly weaning him off the ventilator. We don't know how long the process will take - it really differs from kid to kid. So, we just watch and wait and pray - and hope his little body responds well to the weaning process!
So, we don't know yet truly how well he's doing (since the machines and meds are doing most everything for him, allowing his little body to rest and recover), but what we do know is that, for where he's at in the process, he appears to be doing very well. His little body is responding well to each thing they're doing and he's been stable other than the first 12 hours or so. We're past the 48 hour mark, so out of the most critical stage! Now, we're onto the next stage - waiting to see how he does. So, please keep the prayers coming and I'll update once we know more (and yes, as many of you have suspected, no updates generally are a good thing - it means things are stable and Bodie just continue to progress)!