Monday, June 7, 2010 7:36 PM, CDT
***Rob needs a little more rest.....he got me very excited about the news he posted a few minutes ago but in reality he was speaking of Joseph moving his arms and legs a few days ago before the drug induced coma. He didn't move his arms and legs today. Sorry about the confusion. Let's pray this becomes a reality very soon.
Monday, June 7, 2010 6:43 PM, CDT
Hello and I would like to thank everyone for their prayers for the recovery of Joseph. Like Terri said, the levels of Pentobarbital still need to wear off before an accurate evaluation of Joseph's neurological status. The good news is that he has moved both of this arms, his pupils have decreased in size and he has a gag and cough reflex. The bad news is that his pupils are still not reacting to light. Let pray that this is because of the medication and not the injury.
It will take a day or two before we will know how his exam will progress. In the mean time, we have decided to proceed with a tracheostomy and placement of a PEG tube (feeding tube) to minimize the problems of long-term intubation. Joseph's intercranial pressures have creeped up a little but still are below the levels needed to do additional treatment.
Joseph still remains strong and is getting some physical therapy to keep his finger, toes and joints moving. I am sure he would not believe all of the thoughts, prayers and love that has flowed towards him. Let bombard God with requests for his mercy and cure of our son. Best to you all,
Rob (Joseph's Dad)
You can also read a brief article in Kingwood's local paper, The Observer, here.