Ben's brother Lanny just called me. He had just talked with Dr. Dhanda, the primary doctor working on Ben's case at Henry Mayo.
Dr. told Lanny that when Ben came in, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being good, 10 being bad) that Ben was a 10. He is now a 5. They have him on the heavy sedation because with the ventilator, they don't want Ben waking up and moving around a lot and maybe pulling it out. The reason he is on the ventilator is because the kink in the intestine had caused pressure on his lung, so they want to make sure the lung is working properly. He said Ben's kidney function is not up to 30% (it was 20%). The doctor said he feels Ben is doing very well and he is very optimistic about his total recovery. He told Lanny they may start to bring him off the sedation a little at a time starting tomorrow or Saturday.
Lanny also told the doctor that I really was hoping that they would not let Kaiser transport Ben down to their hospital because Henry Mayo is taking such good care of him and that I felt that Kaiser dropped the ball. Lanny said the doctor laughed and said they hear that a lot.
Now that I have this information, maybe I'll start to feel a little better.