As you might imagine, George is quite tired at the end of the day and the smiles were less prolific, but the battle is going his way. His white cell (part of his immune system) count is rising and has reached 0.3 for the technically minded. That does indicate that he is not only fighting the bugs, but also has capacity to rebuild his immune system – Great on him!! The consultant does emphasise that we are not out of the woods yet, but that he does have youth on his side. We continue to maintain a vigil in the hospital, where today’s staff were terrific – not only was the student nurse married to a naval officer (must be good), but the nurse on duty is getting married in December using an almost identical plan to TomandAlice, including a big red bus, the Lansdowne Club and a ceilidh!! Gosh – sorry, I’ve been distracted by lovely young ladies; how unusual! George’s breathing rate has increased again, and they had to slow down the plan to wean him off the mask. The acid in his blood (not gut as I thought) has been defeated by good old Bicarb of Soda. It will be still be a few days before George can leave the Intensive Care Unit. The consultant was also quite clear that this is not a pattern that we can expect after each of the next 3 cycles of treatment – it can happen at any stage when the body’s linings are damaged and the bugs can penetrate. Keep the prayers coming!