This time next week, France and Denise will be getting Will ready to go in the ambulance off to the airport and meet up with a member of the Foreign Office to go through the immigration exit process.
It’s quite a daunting task for them as he will be in transit from the house for up to an hour and a half and then however long the process takes to get him through immigration and on board the aircraft. As you know, these planes go back and forth with only a refuel and short break while passengers disembark and it gets cleaned and restocked for the return flight. Timing everything will be nail biting as he needs to be turned and fed, cleaned and aspirated constantly. Pray for a smooth transition from here to the aircraft and then the 11 hours in the air.
Denise and I went into central Lima to find a manual aspirator we needed for the flight but after a dozen different shops came up with nothing other than something out of the 1950’s, which would work but not be practical on board!
So we finally opted to rent a more modern one but we have to go back and pick it up even further away today!
I won’t see Jorgé (George) again before I leave, so we said our goodbyes and exchanged emails so he could be kept in touch with Will’s progress once he is back in England. Each nurse does 12 and 24 hour shifts so they become quite attached to him, developing their own non verbal interactions and understanding of how he is feeling. Jorgé is kind and gentle and is amazed how strong Will has been.
I leave very late tonight, frustrated that we still don’t have the destination secured once he gets to Gatwick but we are assured we will have one in time. I will be monitoring the situation constantly as I travel back even though I leave immediately to Texas for 4 days to meet my Mum, my sister and my two nieces, and my newest great niece and great nephew for the first time!
Keep Will in your thoughts and prayers until he is safely in NHS care.
Just 10 more days and Will gets on his British Airways flight and escorted back to Gatwick. It’s been a really long time for him to be in this state and even though he has made some progress he is still very weak and prone to chest infections, requiring his blood oxygen levels to be monitored closely and when necessary go through the painful ordeal of having his chest cleared by suction.
He is surrounded by good energy and positive people who always acknowledge him and talk to him throughout his long days in the heat.
This week we are due to get a confirmation of hospital location and tie up the last loose ends of ambulance clearances at each airport and inform British Airways of the final details.
We are also hoping to hear final acceptance of support from the Midland Air Ambulance Charity who have offered a loan for the final costs which will be paid back from events and donations. We need this money in the bank to keep paying the nurses and costs until he is in the hands of the NHS.
Be prepared to help when he gets home with the most valuable contribution you can make – your time. He will need visits constantly to keep his spirits up and assure him that he is now home with friends and family.
Maya Marchington and I will be on the Toni and Elliott Breakfast show on BBC Hereford tomorrow morning (Jan 5th) at 6am and 7am. Tune in locally or online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0295ck3 or stream it at http://bbchereford.radio.net to hear the latest on the story so far.
Maya will be talking about her work preparing for his arrival while I will talk about getting him ready here in Lima.
Meanwhile today, Rosemary is here on her weekly visit to see Will and catch up on his progress with Frances and Denise, as well as a well deserved cup of tea.
Rosemary has also written to the English speaking community in Lima to help raise donations for the last few weeks before his flight. At the moment we need about $500 a week and the ambulance costs at either end, so help if you can to get us to Jan 18th.
Your donations have already bought all 3 tickets we needed, so thank you for getting to the goal before the new year.
Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We do tell him every day that you are all out there supporting his safe return.
It’s been a whirlwind of activity here since I landed, with 4 different nurses coming to the house, 2 per day, feeding him 6 times a day, changing whenever he needs it and moving him into different positions every 2 hours.
Frances and Denise are supervising as each nurse has varying skill levels and understanding of what he needs, while the house maid cooks and prepares meals and cleans up! I am gaining an intimate knowledge of what it takes to look after just 1 person, so be grateful when you see a nurse!
This new target is for his ongoing weekly care needs which is running at about $500 per week and the two sets of ambulances getting him to and from the aircraft. We still don’t have a definitive destination but I will be working on that once everyone is back from the holiday.
I know we have all done a remarkable job getting the flight funds getting us to the end of the year and there is only 17 days to go until he gets on board, so anything you can spare will be appreciated.