To some extent, Akilah left the greatest danger-zone last night, when she showed herself to be lucid enough to intermittently speak, albeit while managing considerable pain. Dr. Blanco and his staff came periodically, asking her to speak, move her eyes up and down, shift them side to side, stick out her tongue, shrug her shoulders, wiggle her toes, shift positions. She spoke coherently about how she was feeling, and finally, they said she was aware enough to receive a device to manage her pain herself. Dr. Weingart came by and satisfied himself that all was (still) ok. He reassured us that all was according to schedule. All was excitingly ordinary.
Yet, she was in a lot of pain, working on managing it. If and when the levels get down below 5 on a 10-pt scale, she'll leave the ICU for regular recovery where she would then stay for another few days. The doctors will make the rounds again this morning to make a determination on that score.
When she moves to regular recovery, that's when she'll get to see her 'totem' [sic].