The day shift docs just stopped by to confer and it looks like although Magnus's oxygen levels have held strong, the x-rays of his right lung continue to look "hazy," indicating that that lung is still partly collapsed. They did an ultrasound and were able to identify an area of fluid accumulation, so I think it's likely that he's going to get another chest tube this morning. Ordinarily I would be kind of bummed about this, because the chest tubes are painful and invasive, but after seeing how miraculous the other chest tube was yesterday, I'm optimistic that if they put the other tube in it will allow a big step in his recovery. Another step forward is that this morning, they stopped using his external pacemaker. They had been pacing him at a slightly higher rate than his heart wanted to have just to increase his blood pressure, which had been a little low. His blood pressure (which had been low) was great overnight, so they took him off his blood pressure medication overnight and now the pacemaker is off, too. These were the two suspects in his "abnormal heart rhythm" so I'm glad he's off them (there was also another opinion out there that "rapid fluid shifts" also could have been the culprit).
Magnus is still sedated, but is much more lucid than he has been. He's allowed to have sips of water again, so that is making him happy.
I'll report back after the doctors round later this a.m.
3 weeks ago