I wanted to write a quick note to say THANKS to everyone who commented or emailed to offer their good wishes or prayers for our son, John (nicknamed "Big John" by my wife). I will eventually have time to respond to emails, etc., but figured that a quick blog post was better than no response at all.
The good news is that the prayers and good wishes appear to be having the intended effect, and John is doing very well. He's been breathing on his own almost from the start, and is eating well, which is the most important measure at this stage. We're cautiously optimistic that we'll have him home for a very merry Christmas.
At the risk of spending too much time on the personal, I'll post one more update once we bring him home, but I didn't want to wait until then to say thank you for all your kind wishes and prayers. It's a big help and appreciated.