Also, Garren's brain experienced increased swelling. This was expected, as 48-72 hours from the time of trauma is when the brain is at the greatest risk of swelling. They want his pressure to be under 20, it spiked to 34. At this point it is back to 10 - that's very good.
So the pressure on the brain is the main concern right now. The doctor explained that right now, the area that was affected is located in the back, near the base of the brain. That is where the swelling is occurring. The swelling presses against the pituitary gland and the brain stem, which is where the part of the brain that controls all of the reflexes is. Our prayer and hope right now is that as the swelling goes down, the pressure will ease, and his normal functions will return. If there is no permanent damage, then there is a chance that things will return to normal.
As I said last night, this is a marathon. It's a long road ahead of us. Thank you for you continued prayers and support.
Nancy is sleeping in the room with Garren. She has gotten at least 5 hours of sleep each of the last three nights. I have taken Kara home each night to shower and sleep. Kelsey is at school today. We want to keep things as normal as possible for her.