Darnit, I had really hoped to be writing this post from home, but we're still in the hospital.
Adam is doing really well, and has even been off oxygen--in air--since 5:30pm last night. I'm writing this at 10am now, so that's a lot of hours in air with acceptable, even good, saturations. There's only one small detail: he's been awake.
That may seem like a small matter, but the fact is that we can't go home until Adam can demonstrate his saturations stay above 88% in air when he's asleep. Even the most healthy person drops their sats when they sleep. We naturally breathe slower and shallower at times and our oxygen levels dip down, for a bit. Then, when our brain registers that they are low we all take a deeper breath, turn over or even surface and the sats go back to normal. For Adam to go home he has to show that he's able to do that himself too.
Last night we had high hopes, the highest unfortunately, but once Adam went to sleep his sats dropped to the low 70's and stayed there long enough they had to turn the oxygen on again. It went that way all night. So for now at least going home is not an option. We are hopeful that this is just the last leg of healing and soon Adam will show the doctors what they want to see, but there is no timing on it, and as with before, wishing won't make it happen any sooner.
But, hey, we'll wish anyway won't we? :)