White cells were collected from Sue Min today. It will be stored first, and the docs will decide when to use it. Reason why it was not done earlier is because it has not been proven to make a difference in aiding the recipients own immunity, but since Min Ser's condition is critical, they might as well try. Timing has to be right, as injecting her white cells could cause the infection in the lungs to be more inflamed, so the doctors will time it to be injected once the infection has somewhat subsided.
Yesterday afternoon was really difficult for the family as he was really having trouble breathing with pulse rate up to 192 bpm at some points. At one point he even seemed to be unaware and losing muscle function, many family members were waiting in and outside the room, as the situation was indeed very critical.
After one hour plus of heavy struggled breathing at 180 bpm, we propped him up further and it seemed to help. He even started shouting to push him forward (muffled shout through the oxygen mask to be heard) to keep his position supported and to help support his head (as it was tiring to lift his head on his own).
It seemed ages before his heart rate started to slow down to 160 bpm and he became much aware and alert again. He mentioned the word "worship" and we started singing songs of praise and worship to God. He asked us to continue, and then asked us to sing softer, and then after half an hour he said ok enough (everyone take a break). All via hand gestures (it is really hard to speak through the oxygen mask).
Once aware again, family members and friends would come into his line of vision to show that they are there. He would give his thumbs up with his right hand (to show he is ok now), and with his left he will point to the heaven. He means "Trust in God" as he would do that gesture and say "Trust in God" whenever he has high fever, etc.
It was really good that his condition stabilised as that allowed the doctors to prep him for tube insertion before wheeling his bed to the ICU around 7pm. I was allowed to hold his hand as they sedated him to sleep. Once he was asleep, I left the room to allow the docs to do their thing.
Two things I was really grateful for yesterday:
1. Jo saw and interacted with Min Ser (just before his heart rate spiked). Kids below 12 are typically not allowed into the ward, but they made an exception due to his critical condition. I was carrying Jo, and she was initially reluctant to go into the ward (much less his room at the end of the corridor). I tried coaxing her, but she kept saying no. Eventually with Sue Min's help we managed to convince her to go in. When she saw Min Ser with the oxygen mask she was initially afraid and kept asking to "go outside". We gave her some time outside the room, and eventually I think curiosity overwhelmed her, and she went back into the room with some coaxing. She was even happy playing and eating a burger. She called mummy, daddy, and she touched Min Ser's finger. When it was time to go, she waved bye bye to daddy, and blew a kiss.
2. Min Ser kept fighting on. I know he is tenacious, but at the face of death, even when family members were saying their goodbyes and that's it's ok to go. He was really hanging on. And by God's grace his condition stabilised. The two things I remember him saying whenever his condition was at his toughest was, "Keep fighting on (don't give up)." and "Trust in God".
As Min Ser is now in ICU, I don't stay in the hospital anymore. I'm allowed to see him during the designated visiting hours from 12.30pm - 2pm and 4.30pm - 7pm. They are really strict. No wifey privileges :(
Whenever I'm in the room, while he is sleeping, I'll pray for him, read a few scriptures, and touch his arms. His friend brought a mp3 speaker that is playing some worship songs or the NT. I can imagine he is having some peaceful dreams while he is sleeping and hoping he is having a real good time communing with God.
That being said, lets pray for his lung infection to subside and to clear out, white cell counts (especially the neotrophils) to go up, and all other major organs (heart, liver, kidneys) to be strong and function normally. Pray for his condition to improve rapidly.