Sorry, faithful readers -- yours truly is once again filling in for mine truly who is still in the hospital with ours truly (Troy, Martha, and Silas, respectively, in case you were wondering).
The doctor was going to discharge Martha today, but since she is still (understandably) having quite a difficult time walking for any distance at all, she convinced him to let her stay one more day. The fringe benefit of this, of course, is that she remains much closer to Silas in her hospital room than she would be in her bedroom at home!
Silas has been moved to a "family" room just off (but still technically within) the NICU -- a special room for situations like this (where baby is likely to be released just shortly after Mom) and the two can be in the same room once Mom is discharged but still be under the care of the NICU personnel. It looks like it will work out well: Martha will be "discharged" to this motel-style room (double-bed and all) sometime tomorrow, and her nurse will dutifully wheel her all of about a one-minute's trek down the hallway to where her baby is already waiting for her. (How's that for service?) Needless to say, Martha is quite thrilled with the arrangement, and I think Silas probably will be also.
Speaking of whom, he's become quite alert (when he's not sleeping), is keeping his food down well (when he's not sleeping) and "doing" lots of other "things" quite well (often even when he is sleeping). So -- we're thankful! The biggest item (prayer request) now is that he'll see the importance of promptly waking up to ingest his "liquid nourishment" with great vigour. The nurse and Martha had to resort to all manners of cruel trickery to try to wake the young man enough to convince him that yes, he was indeed supposed to be doing what they were trying to get him to do. He'd much rather sleep, of course. This is fine in once sense, as he definitely needs to catch his Zzzz's in order to grow healthily and stay alive in general. A bit problematic is the fact that he also needs to "eat" copious measures of his "liquid nourishment" in order to grow healthily and stay alive in general. Once this epiphany occurs, it's homeward bound. We're praying that this takes place by Tuesday...
Enjoy the pics!