69 Days After His Hospitalisation, King Alastair IV Could Be Starting to Heal
By Birgit Schlosser; Translated from Fardelshufflesteinian
HRM King Alastair IV remains seriously ill 10 weeks after he was first admitted to the Western Fardelshufflestein National.
Since his recovery from sepsis, he has become incredibly weakened, and has sustained significant damage to several of his vital organs. His lungs are scarred to the point that they cannot adequately take in oxygen; he must be hooked up to a dialysis machine because his kidneys are injured; his heart function is reduced, both from septicemia and from alcohol abuse; and his pancreas is inflamed.
"It is possible, however, for some of the damage to be reduced with time and medication," one of his specialists told the Sentinel. Indeed, while his renal system is damaged, it is healing, though it may be months until he no longer requires dialysis. He is expected to recover from his pancreatitis, which was exacerbated by sepsis, and to gradually regain some respiratory function.
Sources indicate that the King is slowly gaining awareness of his surroundings, but that he does not know where he is or the gravity of his condition. He spends most of his days in terrible pain despite being on intravenous medicine.
"He is in such agony," HRM Queen Marie expressed in a statement to the Sentinel. "You can see it in his eyes. He stares blankly into space most of the time, but you can tell how uncomfortable he is just by looking at him."
His addiction to alcohol has led his medical team to rule that he is not to be administered narcotics in any capacity for their fear he will become dependent on them. While he is receiving anesthesia, it is not so powerful as to fully eliminate his discomfort.
Furthermore, he has very little appetite and continues to shed weight. Discomfort caused by his various abdominal ailments, which include three stomach ulcers in addition to chronic pancreatitis, and cirrhosis are major factors in his losing of body mass; muscle wasting from his prolonged immobility is also an issue.
Keeping him properly nourished is a challenge, according to the Queen, because he often does not want to finish the shakes and other nonsolid foods that constitute his diet. However, "he is getting better at consuming more of what he is given," though it may take him the better part of an hour to do so.
HRM the Queen also added that "He is taking baby steps, but he is still improving. We're going one day at a time with him. 'Tis all we can do to remain optimistic. Seeing him start to gain more mobility in his arms and try to sit up is a sign that he can get better. He can heal enough for us to eventually take him home. Most days, we struggle to see the positive side because his liver is still failing, he has such a severe brain injury, we almost lost him to sepsis. There is a lot of guilt and a lot of blame, both at ourselves and at one another, that we've all failed him and that he failed us. It's...difficult to look at him and not want to break down. But we try to find bits of hope in the tiniest signs we see. When we're hopeful, he'll be hopeful, and then he will begin to believe in himself."
OOC: This took me way too much time to write send help.