The latest news:
The news is again good tonight, and will be a bit shorter than the epistle you had to read on Monday!
The ENT examination yesterday confirmed that a tracheostomy would be the more appropriate way to assist breathing and lung clearance, and the operation was done in the Intensive Care ward this afternoon successfully. Dorothy has now got rid of the mouth tube, and the sore and swollen throat can start to heal. She is still on the ventilator, for minimal assistance in breathing and for access to clear the lungs until she can cough better by herself. The lines for the dialysis machine were also removed during the operation, so although the blood tests are still a bit on the high side, her kidneys are now coping reasonably well on their own. The neurological tests on her leg had to be deferred for the operation, and we do not have new dates as yet. Dorothy is feeling pain in the leg, and reports some pins and needles occasionally, all of which is a little encouraging until we get the proper test results.
In herself, she is writing messages well now, and covering several sheets of paper each day. She is starting to be cheeky to the nurses, instructing them and us on her requirements, and still telling me that I am a hopeless lip reader! She has not been up in the chair for a couple of days, but they are hoping to resume that soon.
Catriona, Ian and the girls go off on a well deserved holiday tomorrow to the Loire Valley, and we have just heard that Kirsten is planning to come up from Leeds again this weekend.
Give thanks for the successful operation today, and for the removal of the dialysis lines. Give thanks, too, for her fighting spirit, and determination to improve.
Please pray that:
- the ventilator may be successfully removed in the next few days, and that Dorothy is strong enough to breathe and cough on her own
- the secretions in her lungs will clear up without infection
- the neurological tests on her leg may be done soon, and that the results will be encouraging
- her spirit may continue to strengthen, and that her bodily strength may also start to return
The news about Michael has been very much on the rollercoaster over the past two days, but tonight the family were told that he would recover, even if it took a while. Please pray for Michael's recovery, and for strength and support for the family.
With thank again for your love and prayers Ron, Ruth and Ali, Catriona and Ian