The ward nurses took Shane and me out for lunch, to the pub across the road. What a treat to spend time with these fine people who have become our family, not to mention the rare opportunity to feel some fresh air and winter sunshine.

The love they have for Rose is palpable. Many of the ward staff have been visiting her, at all hours. Rose sometimes has dozens of visitors across a 24 hour period.

We're pining for ward life almost as though the ward is "home". You can see how an extended stay in ICU has our world skewed a little: the goal is not yet even to get Rose home - just off the ventilator and back to the ward!