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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Update on Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Today is the 16th day since Ben's longboarding accident. Ben's fever is still high, at 102.9 Farenheit, but he is looking much better today. Many of his scabs and wounds have healed over, though he still has a few. Also, his blood pressure looks good this morning.

But the good news is that, even though he is sedated, Ben was able to wake up a little and do some exercise. Specifically, Ben was able to purposefully move his right knee up eight times, and then stretch his leg out straight again. We tried to get him to move his other arms and legs, but that didn't work. I also believe that he was trying to talk again as we worked with him. He remained awake for about 20 minutes, though he didn't open his eyes much.

Ben is resting well now.

I've heard from several people that the high fever is fairly normal at this point. There are a lot of theories as to why it happens, but I recall talking to a blood pathologist once for a couple of hours, and he showed me how fevers help cleanse the body from toxins, which may include things like bits of mold, acids, and of course that might even include the painkillers that he is on.

Here is a picture of Ben bending his knee--the strongest indicator yet that he is coming out of his coma.