King Stable but Still on Life Support
By Birgit Schlosser; Translated from Fardelshufflesteinian
Over the past three days, the King's condition has remained relatively stable. His health has not deteriorated further; allegedly, his vital signs are steady, albeit not much better than they were at the beginning of the week.
"The most important thing is that he has not been getting worse," illustrates Dr. Emma Berger, one of the King's critical care physicians at Western Fardelshufflestein National. "Now that he has stabilized, his chances of survival could start to improve. He may be off life support by the end of the week because he'll be able to breathe on his own, not because of other reasons."
While Dr. Berger does not elaborate on the latter point, it is clear what she is referring to. Just because his vitals are stable at the moment does not mean they will not fall tomorrow, or even by the end of today. HRM Alastair is still battling septicemia, pulmonary infection, cirrhosis, stomach ulcers, and a concussion, and is not expected to regain consciousness for several days, if ever.
He is beginning to respond to the antibiotics, which may indicate that he could defeat his infection, but the damage the illness is sure to leave behind may be too great for him to overcome. "His lungs were compromised before the infection," Dr. Berger reveals, "and they have become so scarred and impaired in their function that he may require oxygen for the rest of his life."
HRM is also losing body mass at an alarming rate. He was 105 kg on the day of his admittance, but is now at 100.5 kg.
It has been a week since HRM King Alastair was admitted to the ICU with a high fever and blood infection. He has been in an induced coma since Sunday. Every day he remains unconscious, the likelihood of him waking up decreases.