Just a brief update on a rain-soaked June day. Alex continues to progress little-by-little. He is now able to take three yoghurts a day, fed to him, though he is encouraged to try to feed himself it. His calorie intake through his tummy peg has been increased to 2,600 calories a day. His speech is still limited and often indistinct, requiring a great deal of effort, but it is slowly developing. His memory, short-term, can be erratic and certain other memories are a little confused, but we hope that time will help restore chronology and security here. They are reducing his anticonvulsant medication (for the epilepsy) because brain scans have shown that the electrical rhythms in his brain are becoming more balanced. He has been referred for an operation to replace the missing part of his skull.
His physio continues to be successful, though his left arm is particularly weak and limited in its movement. Very good news is that the Oxford Centre for Enablement have extended his stay to early October, meaning that the PCT is willing to fund further treatment at the current high level. Thereafter they consider he will need a year (at least) in a special nursing home for patients of his type – and here the location will depend on availability and other factors.
We are very thankful for progress made so far and very hopeful that recovery will continue, and are very grateful for all prayers for him and other support.