This morning, Jethro was fussy. He didn't settle very well, and although he wasn't over the top agitated like he had been on Thursday, he was somewhat agitated. Since Thursday night, he had only been given Tylenol for pain. Late morning, his nurse gave him some fentynal (sp) very diluted and very slowly to help him settle down. It worked beautifully, but not for long. It doesn't have a very long "life". So, the intensivist decided that (understandably), everyone was leary of dosing him with pain meds, but now he was in pain. :-( So, they decided to give him a dose of Morphine and something to help him sleep. It worked wonders.
He has been getting respiratory therapy and that is helping with lung capacity. They also pulled his chest tubes today, and I think that has helped tremendously with his discomfort level.
His feeds are up to 20mL/hour, and hopefully either tomorrow or Monday we can begin working on oral feeds again ~ although going home will not be dependent on that.