Pads is in a lot better shape tonight than this time last night. Still on plenty of pain relief and with the drain in his pain is far from the pitch it reached last night when even IV morphine was not masking it totally. It has been wonderful getting messages from so many corners of the UK and one or two from further afield. Pastor Dewi read from Philipians 4 when he and Mairi visited tonight:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
It does beg the question as to how people cope in situations like ours and worse. Some kind folk wish us 'good luck' or 'best wishes' or 'hope it all goes well' - all well intentioned and gladly recieved - but contrast that with our knowing that we are in the gracious hands of our great Creator, whose thoughts towards us are more than the stars for multitude. No suffering we could imagine could approach what he suffered willingly to bring us back from the brink of hell.
The areas of Pads' brain affected include those which deal with balance, tongue, voice/speech, swallowing... The fact that his brain does not appear to have been damaged much at present is a good sign although the double-vision is worrying - perhaps just due to pressure on optic nerves. We are in no doubt that Pads is heading for a very serious intervention but there is no other better treatment. Surgery is planned for late morning tomorrow but it could last up to 6 hours before they're done so dont hold your breath!
I'm offline tomorrow apart from twitter updates so keep an eye on that (below my pic on the left)