Oh. my. goodness.  What a change from a week ago when we last saw our son in law.  Then he was heavily sedated and unconscious, in intensive care, and the outcome, we were told, could go any which way. 

Today he’s sitting up, still in the high-dependency ward.  He’s talking and reasonably lucid, and managing to keep down solid food for the first time.  The twinkle in his eye is back, along with his sense of humour, although he is still very fragile and his short-term memory isn’t yet very reliable.

He still has a long way to go, but the fact that he’s come this far in a week is wonderful.

Some very heartfelt praise and thanks going up to God today
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30 thoughts on “SUCH A CHANGE

    1. Thanks, Spicey. Our daughter’s going to take our younger grandson in to see his Daddy today for the first time so that’s a big step too (the other grandson is away for a couple of days).


  1. Praise the Lord ! So happy for you and your daughter and son-in-law …………… does his job depend heavily on memory ? It will return anyway.

    It’s a lesson to count our blessings every day we are here………… and not to moan and groan.


    1. Indeed, David. We need to treasure even more people who are special to us. Ian is a teacher, by the way, but we’ve been warned that he won’t be able to work for at least 6 months, provided that his recovery is trouble-free.


      1. I am continuing to think about Ian and to pray all goes well.

        Yesterday we got two new ‘ministers’ at Salvation………. both just out of College……… I was so impressed especially by the female Lieutenant …… who gave her biography including doubts and wobbles……….. so impressive to get an honest account of her religious life.


      1. Ian sounds like a fighter. He and your family have had a hard time with this illness. My very best wishes for his continuing return to good health.

        I have seen meningitis patients arrive in hospital in A + E, in a pickle. It’s been great to see those same people leave the wards after successful treatment and walk out of hospital to go home.


      2. Thanks for this encouragement. Ian is young and fit and seems less spaced-out today than yesterday. We’re all delighted and relieved that a bed has become available for him in the stroke ward, enabling him to receive intensive physiotherapy. Tonight he only had one line in, his daily antibiotic: he’s on a 14-day course as the bacterium that caused his meningitis is the most serious.

        I get the impression you were very well-involved with medical situations in the past.


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