Morena everyone – last night came and went, and Albie is still very stable and safe. He was given heaps of bedside attention and love from Allan – Sarah’s Dad – and from lots of local friends as well (thanks ladies). Albie’s Uncle and Aunties have also been amazing… catering, organising, taking the night vigil, etc. ‘Team Albie’ is in full force to be sure.
We’ve also had welcome news about some of the preliminary tests that have been run over the last 2 days. Both yesterday morning and today, Albie’s sensory reception to stimuli has been tested. Essentially, the crew here channel a series of (non-painful) electric pulses through Albie’s wrist. At the same time, his brain activity is monitored to indicate his response to the stimuli. On both occasions, Albie’s response has been ‘normal.’
Normal, in this instance, is a great way to be. It is signalling that his brain functions related to motion have not been adversely affected by his cardiac arrest – so any fears about paralysis have effectively been allayed (for now). It is also an indicator that the other functions of his brain could also be normal (or at least not majorly affected); however, this is more a foreshadowing than a certainty. We will only know about the health of these other mental faculties after further tests… but this is a great start!
As we speak, the staff here are raising Albie’s body temperature from its current hypothermic state. This will assist his heart function, and give the folks here a better idea of his brain function. All good stuff.
Allan, Richard & Jules are off now to their respective corners of the North Island. They have stood an inspired first watch and have been brilliant. Reinforcements are on their way for the weekend – as for the rest of you, keep all your positive thoughts firmly pointed this way.