Over breakfast this morning, Sarah’s sister – Anthea – regaled the rest of us with a run-down on Albie’s night. She and her husband – Gerard – took the watch last night, and saw our little soldier through another restful spell.
This morning is bringing with it a bit more anticipation. In around 15 minutes, the doctors and nurses here will be performing the first major test on Albie’s heart to see if it’s up to a bit more work. During this ‘heart challenge,’ they will ease off the ECMO machine in the hope that his heart will pick up the slack. If it does, we’ll all dance a little jig and move on to the next step in the process. If not, we’ll all wait patiently until Albie’s ready.
On a lighter note… Marcus showed us all last night that he’s still his razor sharp self. One of the consultant doctors was making the rounds last night with the rest of the staff, and she described to Sarah & Marcus the events that would unfold today. Speaking colloquially, the consultant made a slight blunder by saying that Albie was ‘wearing his heart on his sleeve.’ Without hesitation, Marcus gave her a ribbing for making an insensitive comment, and we all laughed at the doctor’s expense. I thought you’d all like to know there is still laughter amongst the gravity here.
I’ll report back later with news on the heart challenge.