New info from Gin/Lisa:
This morning, and in the early afternoon visit also, Joe has been showing the most body movement/activity since the shooting, particularly on the left side. Neurosurgeon used term "purposeful" in describing the movements (a first time for that adjective). Lisa reports that he even went so far as to lift his hips and appeared to be trying to sit up, and he squeezed her hand strongly in response to specific comments and questions (a very moving moment for her). Staff cautions not to expect dramatic responses all the time, because we do not want to bring him out of sedation to "perform" too frequently.
He's running a fever again, but his white blood count is good and the nurses don't think we're dealing with an infection. Mentioned something about the possibility of a non-infectious "neurofever," but don't quote me on that. His sodium levels continue to move in the right direction -- down -- bottom line is continuing reason for guarded optimism.
All the family has been to Ash Wednesday services, and Gin says "Happy Lent" to all.
Lisa wanted me to tell everyone that she'll be posting more photos to the blog as soon as she can.
Keep the faith, hang together...
Love and thanks to all.