This is a long one.
I tried something new yesterday which seemed to work. I went in to see him in the morning and said hello, informing him who I was with my full name. I said to him, “I know you are in there but might be exploring your world with your “inside eyes”, but what I want you to do is come out and find me with your “outside eyes”. Nothing happened.
About 10 minutes later as Denise and I were talking with the doctor, both of them stopped talking abruptly and gasped, looking at Will, saying (in Spanish) “Oh my God, he’s opened both his eyes wide open”! Sure enough, he was looking straight at me. The doctor did the light test on his pupils but he was not as responsive as before.
Although he doesn’t really ‘see’ anything I believe he is attempting to let us know that he is in there and dealing with his trauma as best he can. I also know that this could be a complete fluke but I am going to try it again this morning.
Other than that we found him sweating with laboured breathing as he fought off some of the fever. They had aspirated him to get rid of the fluid in his lungs twice already so this is still a problem. We cooled him down, fed him his raw organic protein shake, massaged his arms and legs, put some gel on a bed sore and made him as comfortable as possible. As you might wonder, the consistent care from the nurses in this ward is ‘intermittent’ and depends on who is on duty. His breakfast had been left to get round to but it was already 11am and he hadn’t been given it. The doctors are first class and know exactly what is going on and we are scheduled for more brain scans but as it is not an emergency situation the slot is about 2 weeks away.
I also played him a frequency that has been designed to gently help with the brain trauma by a friend of mine, Bob Dursi, who has had experience with coma patients (www.robertdursi.com). Just 20 minutes a few times a day can help and as I have been a Brain State Conditioning practitioner myself, without going into detail for the moment, I understand how sound frequencies can assist in balancing the brain (www.brainstatetech.com).
When we get some feedback from the Lucie Blackman Trust on the cost of an air ambulance from their list of preferred partners, we will have a target for fund raising to fly him home. Then it is down to timing on how quickly this can be raised.
In the meantime we are interviewing a professional nursing service to visit Will every day Denise can’t (she has some commitments from today for a few weeks) to check up on him and take in supplies until he is discharged, then take him to a care facility where he will be in a ‘home’ environment and looked after around the clock with Denise visiting until we can get him home. I am writing the necessary documents and letters and having them notarised in preparation for his transfer as we do not know when he will be discharged.
I will be meeting Denise and the professional nursing service owner at the hotel at 9:30 this morning and we will all go in to see Will together.
Will still needs your loving audio messages (use a voice memo on an iPhone) so send them by email to savewill-at-savewillwelch-dot-com. They can be rambling long winded messages – he just needs to hear your voice. Imagine being in a place where you don’t understand the language, there are noises all around you and occasional screams of pain from other patients, the background Spanish radio – not a place you would feel eager to engage and on some level quite frightening, so having voices of familiar English friends and memories he can grasp onto will make a positive difference to his process.
Now you know where he is, the colour of the walls, the bed he’s in and the atmosphere that surrounds him, project yourself right beside him, sit where I’m sitting in this picture and talk to him.
OK, on with the day. Thanks for reading. More tomorrow.