Dad has been more alert and coherent late yesterday afternoon and into the evening. He has been awake and talking some this morning also. The neurologist said that at this point they can't tell if it is because of the fluid that was withdrawn during the spinal tap or if things are beginning to get better on their own. They will have a better idea after another CT Scan is done. There is one scheduled for Friday.
So far so good in regards to the cultures of the CSF. But Dad now has a UTI which is being treated with antibiotics.
Dad was up in a chair today and Mom trimmed his hair. Then later on in the day the Physical Therapist came in and had Dad walking with the walker and her on one side. They walked to the nurses' station and then he sat down to rest before walking down to a small waiting area near the elevators. He rested there for awhile and then walked back to the nurses' station. Then the PT put him in a wheelchair and took him back to his room. The PT said that when she gets Dad up she is doing 1/4 of the work and Dad is doing the other 3/4's. She also noted that he is not shuffling near as much when walking.
He had a barium swallow test today and he also had an echo cardiogram. We don't have results yet, but I will let you know when we do.
We are thankful for the improvements we are seeing.