Very thankfully I can report that the X ray this afternoon showed my lung was now at least 90% inflated. In fact, the Registrar put the before/after Xrays on the same screen so that I could see the good news for myself. Rather like a washing powder commercial with ugly patches on one Xray alongside an almost clear one. It is an immense relief and we owe so much to our many friends, all over the place, who have upheld Carol and me through these weary weeks.
The doctor was a little wary about my flying long distances but not prohibitively wary...so I think we can plan to make up for our long-postponed visit to see our family in New York and friends in Chicago. Because my visit earlier in the week to a swallowing clinic (did you know there were such things?) I still have to undergo ingestion tests which apparently involve X rays and a barium drink. So, there is a still a medical question mark and I won't be discharged without clearer answers. But we are so grateful and can look ahead to fulfilling speaking engagements etc.
It's been an extraordinary journey with some dark twists and turns and several new experiences. Eating a banana, yoghurt, a biscuit and then drinking water under the eagle eye and prodding finger of the swallowing specialist was certainly a first!
We believe that prayers have been answered - we praise God for healing through the wonders of the National Health Service which, though under strain, has proved full of compassionate skill.