I know I keep saying the same thing, but I really do appreciate all the support so much! And I come with even more good news; my dad will be moved out of the ICU tomorrow at some point (per the surgeon's orders) and it's quite possible that he'll be home by Wednesday at the latest. His heart rate is back within the normal range, and he did well with walking today. He even winked at me today! So, the cheeky personality is still there as well!
The valve test results showed that there was no growth of the bacteria, or that's what it sounded like the nurse said. I am not quite sure what that means for the rest of his heart, but hopefully it's positive. I'm believing it is, if the surgeon who said he shouldn't have survived says he's doing well enough to start thinking about home.
Hopefully he can just get enough rest now to truly recover-he is so tired. Apparently every time he falls asleep, someone magically appears and wakes him up! But, he knows they're just there to help him through this.
I'm back at school now, and it was so hard to leave him. But it's not as bad, knowing that I can come home in two weeks for spring break and I'll get to hang out with him.