--Elvis Presley, "Fever"
So a couple folks asked about Jay's fever - we're happy to report that it has gone away and hasn't returned since about 6pm yesterday. (Sorry the title is misleading, but there aren't many songs about NOT having a fever.) The docs never did have a good reason for it. There weren't any changes in his bloodwork to indicate an infection, and all his blood cultures were negative. He has had some gunk in his lungs that has been a bit concerning, but it never has looked like pneumonia on his x-rays. Whatever it is, it seems to be getting better as well. He has been on antibiotics just in case, but it looks like they are going to be able stop those shortly.
As mentioned this morning, today the docs have tweaked his epinephrine down. This is given to help his heart squeeze stronger, and so far his blood pressure has been fine with the reduced dose. Overnight, they will probably keep dropping the dose and see how he does.
He has slept all day, and it looks like they have found the right balance of morphine and sedatives to keep him in his happy place. So overall, no big news to report, and that is a good thing right now. The next step will be getting off the ventilator, but that probably won't happen for a couple more days. It is good to be the patient that doesn't get all the docs' attention, and we're going to try to stay that way for a little while.