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149 hours later and he still has not regained consciousness The longer he’s asleep, the smaller the chance he will wake up and make a recovery. Today we got the MRI results back, and the doctors are not hopeful of him waking up. The MRI shows a lot of damage in his temporal lobe and surrounding areas. He suffered two major strokes due to the fall. There's sheering in-between the two hemispheres and numerous blood clots still in his brain. Doctors says its a Diffuse axonal injury in the Corpus Collosum. They removed a major blood clot in the temporal lobe area but left all others as attempting to remove it, it would be removed with perfectly viable brain matter. His initial stroke pinched off blood vessels. Dad’s inter cranium pressure has increased and the doctors recommended a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) and a tracheostomy to help prevent infection. Currently there is a feeding tube and the endotracheal tube currently down his throat which puts him at risk of pneumonia the longer it's in. Besides this, the doctor reinserted a pressure probe to monitor the pressure. His blood pressure and inner cranial pressure levels are good but he is spiking a fever again. A new antibiotic has been administered to try to prevent him from getting pneumonia. A meeting of the neuro and general medical teams are scheduled to discuss further course of action. Updates will continue to be posted as we learn more.
Rick's cranium pressure probe remains inside to continue monitoring his ICP (inner cranial brain pressure) level. Ideally, it should be under 20. During the night, his ICP went above 20, he was spiking a fever and was not responding to pain stimuli for the neuro exam. Today, all that has improved but he still remains unconscious. This morning, the medical team consulted with us and wants us to consider a tracheostomy long term to reduce the strain on his throat from the respirator tubes. The longer he remains unconscious could also indicate that there is more damage to the brain but that remains to be determined. There is risk of pneumonia that could prove fatal in his current state. We wait for positive improvement and hope that he regains consciousness soon. Please continue praying for him.