phew.... so... my brother is slowly getting better. i got a nice update today. he's been eating.. well... a baby food type substance.. but still.. it's a start. most of his surgeries are completed. just a few minor hand/arm surgeries to go. and... the best news of all... he's getting the hell out of ICU. as of tomorrow.. he will have his own room. finally... out of serious danger. it's going to be a long road of rehab... but he's on his way. thank you all again for positive energies, prayers, and just keeping in touch to make sure i haven't completely snapped. take care all. be well.