It's just gone 2am and we here at blog central are reporting from RJ's room in the ICU. We had always thought that the ICU would be dark and quiet, but honestly, we can barely think above the thump thump thumping of the new ventilator. If you close your eyes, it sounds a lot like a steam train rounding a corner and heading toward the station. Chugga chugga chugga chugga chugga, really really fast. You find yourself tapping your fingers to the incessant rhythm of the machine as it pumps puffs of air into his lungs, causing a constant vibration through his body. As uncomfortable as it looks though, the new sedation and ventilator are doing wonders for RJs vital numbers. His blood pressure is good, heart rate is perfect and oxygen levels are exactly where they should be. In just a short amount of time, all of these colorful numbers on the monitor over his head are starting to make sense to all of us and we can quickly see which numbers are where they should be and which numbers aren't. We are happy to report that since we arrived at 11pm, everything is exactly where it should be.
It has been an amazing night here at the front and Jessica and RJ send their love and gratitude right back at you all. We're going to sign off now, not because we're getting sleepy, but because we drank a giant cup of coffee before we came and well...you know. Good night troops.