The surgery went well. We were told there would be three options: (1) they would be able to close up the wound, (2) they would be need to do a graft (if there was a little too much swelling still), or they would leave it open, then go back in again on Saturday and close it up (if there was still way too much swelling). The surgeon said that it all looked great and that he was easily able to close it. So he is now done with surgeries on his right arm. Good news.
We are still awaiting the full and final MRI report, but they have reported to us that they did find "mild diffuse axonal injury". We don't know anything further at this point. This information was relayed through the Trauma PA, who said the MD would fill us in further once he received the full report. So..... not good news, not surprising (since he hasn't been able to wake up yet), but at least we know. With this news we will definitely expect a slower neurological recovery. They will still continue to do the "wake assessments". I would fully expect some loud cheering from room 1016 (ICU North) when he finally does wake up.
Now that we are expecting a longer neurological recovery, and the fact that he still has another surgery to wire his jaw shut, we may be looking at taking off the ventilator and inserting a trach and a feeding tube. The "gabillion" MDs on his case will be conferencing and making a plan...
For now, we are relieved to know what we are dealing with, we know that we will need to be more patient with his recovery time, and we are praying hard that his brain heals as quickly and well as every other injury has so far.
Love you all,