May 30th, 9:00 PST

Will has been visited almost every day since the last update with no discernible change in condition either way.

He continues to be given the best care from the nursing staff and is always found clean and positioned comfortably.

I am intending to go back down on June 12th or 13th for 8 days to bring more nutrition, talk to him and sign the papers for his monthly care (Denise was allowed to do this by proxy but they need my signature for financial responsibility), but the fares are now more expensive due to the tourist season. If anyone has some OneWorld air line partner Air Miles (American, British, Cathay, LAN), or AeroMexico that I could use, I would appreciate the offer. I don’t want to use the $800 required from the fund, if at all possible.  The flight vouchers I had on offer from Avianca are not useable until September but I do have a hotel voucher for 3 days, courtesy of Swissôtel.

The current available balance is $3,800 from the total of $6,968 raised so far, so around $3,000 has been used in the 60 days since he fell – that’s for everything associated with his rescue and hospitalisation and visits.  We will be using $700 or so per month, barring unforeseen circumstances, and we must leave enough in reserve for any repatriation/funeral expenses as unlikely as that now seems.

We are looking for continued monthly donations of $700 a month so please consider doing something like;

  • selling off old unwanted personal items on EBay
  • clearing out lofts and basements and having a jumble sale
  • sifting out old clothes you no longer wear and having a trunk sale
  • selling off an old car, bicycle or motorcycle you no longer use
  • having a pie sale (Will loves a good pie!)
  • doing a sponsored walk, run or cycle ride
  • buying one less coffee per day (that’s $30 a month right there!)
  • doing a sponsored team curry night (the hotter the spice the larger the donation!)
  • swapping store gift cards or vouchers for cash

If people know it is for a good cause and you show them the website, I’m sure there will be more support.  If you can commit to a monthly donation via YouCaring you will be ensuring Will’s ongoing care without stress to his sister or the caring team, so even if you’ve already donated please consider this as an option.

Here’s the link to the fund if you want to post it on your own website or send it to friends via email. https://www.youcaring.com/will-welch-560511

I know we all have so much on our plates on a daily basis and most of us have all our finances committed already, so thank you for digging deep.

And thank you all for your continued prayers, messages and Facebook shares.  Please keep the voice memos coming and send them via email to savewill[at]savewillwelch[dot]com.

Happy Spring Bank Holiday/Memorial Day

May 24th, 16:00 PST

Will is sporting a new blue T shirt, a haircut and a neck pillow that stops rotation so he can keep his neck straight.

His carers are doing a great job looking after him and as you can see, he has opened his eyes for a time while listening to Marvin Gaye.

Denise and I feel much better about him being here.

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May 22nd 9:00 PST

No major updates to report other than that Will is comfortable and being looked after very well by Elizabeth and her nurses at the care home.

Denise was in there yesterday to ensure that everything was there in terms of supplies and other than a recurring slight fever (which apparently is nothing to do with external environment but a process of the brain healing) he is doing well.

One very lovely incident when Denise left is encouraging. Denise said, “I am going now Will, I love you”. And Will turned his head to press it against hers. She thought is was a fluke so said it again and he pressed his head up against hers again!  A lovely moment and one that convinces me further that he knows we are all there with him.

Please continue to keep him in your prayers, thoughts and meditations. I know he would love to hear more of your personal voice messages so please send those to the main email address so we can play them to him.

We have a long way to go and the goal is still to get him back to the UK as soon as we can by whatever means. I am still awaiting the revised costs of air ambulance from the Lucie Blackman Trust as an option, and this is because there advisors are awaiting the high resolution pictures from his latest scans.  I will of course update you all when this happens so we can make a decision on the funding.

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His private drawer of supplies.
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Some of the essentials for his daily comfort and aspiration procedures.
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Clean shaven and hair washed, listening to frequencies.

May 20th, 8:00 PST Care Home Move

Well the big day came and Will was moved to a care home facility yesterday afternoon in another area of Lima.

It was a bit of a process to say the least but Will is now in a place where it will be a lot quieter and with the same nurses every day and night to look after him.  I expect it to take 4-5 days to get fully into the new routine as the nurses learn what specifics he needs, but he has his raw organic protein shake and personal ablutions to keep him clean, shaved and as free from infection as possible.

Denise did a fantastic job with the paperwork, the ambulance drivers and accompanied him on his journey to ensure he arrived safely. I only wish I could have stayed longer to be there and help out.

You can now focus in on him and keep sending him your prayers, messages and strength to Casa de Reposo ‘Maria Auxiliadora’ in the area of San Miguel. Here’s a map to show you where the hospital was on the right hand side and where he is now in San Miguel.

Map to care home

 

 

 

Here’s a photographic time line of how it all went.

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Getting ready to lift him out of his bed
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Putting him onto the stretcher
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Wheeling him out of the ward
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Getting a copy of his medical reports
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More paperwork!
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In the ambulance
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Being taken into the care home
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Being prepared for bed
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All tucked up

May 18th, 9:00 PST

#WillWelch:  Will had his brain scan done last night (only the head – the rest of the body was authorized and signed for but they didn’t do it) and he is going to be moved tomorrow into the care facility.

The ischemia has reduced, blood has been reabsorbed significantly but the brain damage is still there. He has no fever so he is ready to be discharged and the SIS will pay for the ambulance to transport him to the care facility.

Denise is letting Will know after listening to his frequencies and music and hopefully he will understand what is going on and where he is going.

Denise will be there for the first few days to provide continuity to him and make sure the bed is set up and his routine is established.  We have the remainder of the raw organic shake and will enquire what other food he will receive and adjust to that as necessary.

It is now a matter of time to see how much of his faculties will return to normal and although I know we all wish him a full recovery, it is highly unlikely that he will be the Will we all know and love from before.  Expect miracles for his highest good but be prepared for whatever is presented to us.  We will do whatever we have to.

I will ask for pictures of him in his new ‘home’ as soon as they get him settled.

May 17th, 6:00am Lima

I’m at the airport on my way back to the US after yesterday’s visit with Will, Denise and a private nurse, Zendy, who will look after Will today and Thursday depending on when the hospital decides to discharge him.

He is having his scans today apparently (this can change at the last minute depending on emergency patients needs). Once these are done they take 10-14 days to process and be made available but after they’ve been done the hospital will be looking to discharge him.  I await word from Judy and the a Foreign Office on her wishes and have a chosen care facility lined up to receive him after seeing 2 more yesterday afternoon.

He is stable, over his fever but still battling pneumonia. He needs aspiration daily and is on extra Vitamin C along with the raw organic shake. So for now we simply wait. His ongoing care is in our collective hands.

More tomorrow when I receive updates.

May 15th, 6:00pm Lima

A good visit today with lots of massages, cleaning, changing and some physical therapy. 

We scraped his tongue (a thick film builds up when you have your mouth open a lot and you aren’t using it to eat or drink) and cleaned his whole mouth with bicarbonate of soda. Managed to get his tracheotomy site cleaned up and dressed with colloidal silver gel after a rather messy aspiration – he doesn’t like that process at all.

He opened his eyes multiple times and was more present than I’ve seen before – probably the rude awakening of the aspiration followed by the relief of the abdominal and foot massages.

Tomorrow we train the agency nurse for her duties this week and next before I leave on Tuesday. She will be a consistent person who will alternate with Denise and make sure Will gets everything he needs.

We really do need your continued donations to facilitate moving him to the care home for the period between his discharge and any flight home, be that by air ambulance soon or commercial flight when and if he can be brought round to fully conscious. I await revised costs of the air ambulance from the Lucie Blackman Trust and then we have the task of raising the funds to pay for it.