'the patient'. I'm pleased to say 'the patient' is now home (where cups of tea arrive any time you feel like one!) and 'big panic' has been regraded to 'big wake-up call'.
There are still more tests to be done but it does appear that the treatment worked. However, as Cathy said, it's the 'not knowing' which is the worst part and unfortunately we still don't know exactly what happened although hopefully this will be worked out as yet more tests are done.
I do know that I very much appreciated all your messages - they were a great help at a difficult time and I'd like to reiterate my thanks for all your kindnesses.
This post was supposed to be published yesterday but I lost my broadband service in the morning (thank goodness it didn't happen earlier!!!) and I was also hit by that wall of tiredness that I think very often happens to people when the immediate emergency is over. 'He who must not be bored while I sketch' took me down to Kew Gardens for long walks and lots of fresh air (and a couple of sketches) yesterday afternoon which helped a lot - but I still feel rather like I've just had an encounter with a sledgehammer! Posting will continue to be a bit ad hoc for another week or so while things get back to normal.
SoCal is burning
Finally, can I ask for you to turn your positive thoughts and prayers to all those living under the threat of the fires which are raging in southern California. I know a number of bloggers living in that area and I sincerely hope you're all OK at what must be a very worrying time.
My particular concern right now is my very good friend Louise Sackett who I visited last summer. Louise lives in the El Cahon valley to the east of San Diego and currently has evacuation areas to the immediate north, south and east of her home (areas coloured yellow are mandatory evacuation areas and those coloured red are the fires). It's extremely worrying that KPBS News is now referring to it as the San Diego FireStorm. I certainly remember very clearly Louise explaining to me the implications of the brush on hills catching fire. I also know that communication is being affected by the emergency.
Louise - if by any remote chance you're reading this I very much hope both you and D and your daughter and family are all OK and in a safe place. Be careful and stay safe!