First of all, sorry for the lack of updates lately. I know lots of you have been desperately awaiting news, but my recent travels have made it difficult to write a blog post.
So let’s get straight to the good news: Tommy is no longer in the critical care unit! I’ll be honest – it was touch-and-go for a while, and doctors couldn’t say that he was going to pull through, but Tommy came back swinging, and has improved considerably over the past week.
He’s not out of the woods yet, though. Today is his 13th day in hospital, by my count. His lungs took a turn for the worse a couple of days ago, and he currently needs oxygen through a mask to let him breathe. He is, of course, getting the best possible care from the doctors, nurses and support staff at Blackburn Hospital, and his family are constant visitors to his bedside.
Incredibly, Tommy has kept his sense of humour throughout the whole horrible experience. This was the photo he shared earlier in the week, bemoaning the fact he no longer has a room to himself and has to put up with other people around him.
Meanwhile, your kind comments and donations have taken his breath away (which is a bit risky, given the circumstances), and he has asked me to pass on his gratitude. As his wife, Kirsty, can’t drive, the taxi to and from the hospital is costing well over £100 a week, so every penny you’ve so generously donated has been very much appreciated.
I’d like to do a very quick, informal survey before I go. If, when Tommy’s a bit better, we were to compile the blog into book format, along with some additional content, and make it available to buy as an ebook (somewhere around £2.99-ish), would that be of interest? Like most of you, I’ve read Tommy’s posts with everything from delight to horror, and I feel putting it all out as a book would be a great way of gathering it all together, while boosting Tommy’s income.
Leave a comment below if you’d be prepared to buy a copy, and I’ll see what we can do!
As ever, if you’d like to support Tommy and his family during this horrible time, click the Donate button below, or pledge support via Patreon.com
Another of Tommy’s friends, Alison Lawrence, is raising money for Tommy by taking part in what sounds like a pretty harrowing 5k obstacle race. Through mud. You can find out all about the challenge, and how to back her, on her GoFundMe page.