As many of you have been asking I thought I would update. Iain is still struggling to get out of the fog of sedation. It is a fine line between being able to tolerate the pain of the surgery and discomfort of the ventilator but he has to be able to make his own breaths instead of letting the ventilator do it. To do that he needs to be a bit more compos mentis. He stirs for a few minutes and his eyes have opened briefly but not been able to focus. He has been able to respond to commands, fleetingly.
He still has significant bloody discharge from his chest but hopefully that will reduce in the days that come. The doctors continue to monitor the kidneys as they took a hit also because of the numerous transfusions and because he is now getting more doses of the immuno-suppressants.
Nevertheless, his heart is looking good. There is a smallish area on the left lobe of the lungs that needs extra care but otherwise they look ok. Small steps....