Apologies for the long silence. We have been permanently by Ned’s bedside and I have been too tired to do a proper update, having not slept for the past 36 hours. I know that a lot of people are waiting to find out where we are so I will do a short update now and a more detailed one once I have had some rest.
The most important thing is that we still have Ned. He made it through the night and successfully negotiated his heart catheter this morning. It has not been without its ups and downs – there have been tears of both anxiety and relief on several occasions but I will fill you in on these later. As I write, he is in a deep, drug induced sleep on his bed in PICU and surrounded by a mass of wires, lights and equipment helping to keep him alive. He remains, by any definition, critically ill and is still on a ventilator. We have been told that he is borderline and could go either way but, crucially, that he has a chance. I am not willing in any way to get ahead of myself as he still faces a huge challenge, but it is an improvement on yesterday when his prospects did not look so promising.
It has all been a bit of a blur but one thing is for sure – as I have said so many times before – Ned is fighting. We have managed to have a few, very short exchanges with him, enough for us to know that he is still in there but he is now in such a deep sleep that it will be some time before we are able to communicate with him again. John and Jenny are now here, whilst Alice and Arthur are with Naomi in Bristol as it would be too much for them right now to see Ned in his current state.
I have been blown away by your messages of support here and on Facebook. I read out many of them to Ned throughout the night and they are a constant source of strength. Please do continue to send them – he is not out of the woods yet and needs all the help he can to get through this.
Thank you, every one of you for your love and support.