It was this picture of Murray with Emma and Audrey:
I forgot that I had taken these shots. I often take photos before major events like surgery 'just in case something bad happens'. I am always on my guard 'in case something bad happens' to Ashlea. I never expected it to happen to Murray.
I feel like I have been deliberately vague in my posts about Murray and his recovery. Partly to protect his privacy but partly also because it is so hard to believe it is really happening.
When Murray aspirated into his lungs he suffered a period of hypoxia (lack of oxygen). That is why his kidney isn't working. The doctors are hopeful that in a couple of weeks the kidney will kick in and start working on its own.
His brain also suffered during the hypoxic episode. As far as I can tell the main effect appears at this stage to have been to his short term memory. The doctors say it can take 6 months for the brain to recover - which means it will be 6 months until we know if he has made / is able to make a full recovery. Every day he makes small steps forward which is always encouraging, but it is going to be a long slow road back.
I also found this shot of him and Ashlea:
It was such a shock to see these images appear on my screen. It seems like a life time ago.
I wonder if it will be that same Murray that comes home from hospital?