What a day, we are realizing now we are in for a long haul. Many people are asking how serious this is and I would tell you He is fighting for his life and his family. We are seeing small steps in recovery. We know our lives will be forever changed, but our God is bigger than our problems. The positive is that we are seeing slight movements forward when it comes to recovery, and no movements backward. He is still in a coma(that is not drug induced), but tonight we were getting several “reflex” type responses.
We are getting some of the best care we have seen in a hospital. At this point 3 different neurological teams have been in on diagnosing the problem. All of them have said this we are seeing movement forward and nothing backward. However they are quick to point out it is only very small steps. One group even said the steps are not measurable. But My sister was quick to point out that ther have been no steps backwards. We will take anything…
Today He had an EEG today to measure brain activity we will get the response to this tomorrow afternoon. They also are starting him on some medicine to get some of the brain swelling down. The positives he is showing now is that his eyes are reacting to water drops, through a blinking reflex. However, he is not waking up, but at this point we need any positive we can hold on to. However, We still have not seen any purposeful response. We were told today that they do not believe death is “on the table” at this point, but that the worst case be that he remains in the coma-like state he is currently in. The best case is God works a miracle.
We have all been reading your comments and are touched by the impact this man made in all of your lives. He truly was a giant for such a small man. There are so many stories about how each of you has helped us. Today a pastor from a nearby church visited us because someone in my dad’s Sunday school class called a friend, and It was just at right the time. We are seeing God through you all. You all feel like part of our family, and what a family it is.
If you have ever met a Presley you can only imagine what his ICU hospital room looks like. On more than one occasion we have been heard several floors down singing the Atlantic City High School Fight song. Yes, this was the Alma mater of Whale, and Yes he made sure we all knew the song. The room is filled with prayer, laughter and tears as we encourage our father to keep going. We know he will not give up it is not in his nature, and we know our God will not give up he never has.
Please pray for these things:
1) Purposeful response. The doctors are looking for anything that show is brain is taking in and processing information. This could be eye movement or response to vocal commands like squeeze a hand. 2) Please pray for my family this is going to be a long fight. Several of my siblings have stayed up all night by his beside and are extremely sleep deprived. Pray for them by name (sons and daughters of whale) Kari, Kijsa, Whitney, and Stephen. You can also pray for my mother (wife of whale) as she tries to plan out the end of her summer. 3) Pray that the swelling on his brain stem goes down. I will wrote about this earlier this evening.
Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers. I am reading the dozens of comments to my family, and my father, whale.