Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Swine Flu!

Big news for today is that after 13 days in the hospital Shirley and I returned home to our cottage, a rather abrupt return due to news that Swine Flu may have entered the Ronald McDonald Family rooms where I had been staying and we had been eating our meals. We were advised that it would be safer for us to stay at home and come in to visit Samuel rather than sleep/eat over at Starship hospital where there are confirmed cases of Swine Flu. It's very unlikely that we have been exposed but the hospital are being very cautious and it's good to be home. Dad and Mum came up to see Samuel today and Shirley is decked out in mask and gown for Swine Flu precautions.

Samuel had another good kidney report showing his creatinine levels have reduced further to 56 which is within the normal range for his age. The surgeons want to see these levels maintained over the rest of this week at which point we will need to decide about whether to use a catheter to drain his bladder or to undergo a procedure to perforate his bladder so his urine continually drains straight into his nappy. There are pros and cons to both options which we'll learn about in due course.

He doesn't look as yellow as his jaundice seems to be clearing. This evening they took bloods to check his liver and other functions, this blood is taken from his heel which is difficult to bleed and is now covered in prick marks. More blood has been taken than he can replace so he will have a blood transfusion tomorrow. This evening he also had a chest x-ray to see if his lungs have improved since being on CPAP for 2 days and the results will arrive tomorrow. He'll remain in NICU for the rest of the week and then once he comes off CPAP and his breathing has stablised they will move him across to Starship where the paediatric surgeons are based to continue his treatment.

For those in Auckland interested in visiting Samuel, make sure you text/email us first to make sure we are at the hospital as we have to be there for you to visit him (and sorry that children aren't permitted to visit him while he's in NICU).




10 comments:

Margo said...

Oh my goodness. As if you haven't got enough to think about you have to think about Swine Flu too.... Will be praying for you guys as you are away from your wee man. So lovely to see Rodney and Anne. They look so well.
Thank you for your updates. It's good to know what to pray.
Lots of luv from The Millens xxxx

Rosanna said...

Hey there guys, I never know what to write as I cant even begin to know what ups and downs you are all going through but all I can say is we love you and pray for all of you that you wil have the peace that surpasses all understaning...

Heidi Williams said...

Hello dear Davy family! Fervent Prayers abound from Seattle...! Reading about your little angel on earth is taking me back - my little guy Joe (now 9!!!) entered this world into "the NICU experience" and I can soooo relate to the things you are going through - PIC lines, TPN, surgeries, all the tests and more tests, the heel pokes - by the way, thank you God for not letting us remember the first year! - pumping milk when Joe couldn't have it, the ilestomy bags and ventilators, tubes out places tubes shouldn't be, jaundice etc.... . So as one who has walked down this path - I ask God, how can I help the Davy's?, what can I say to you to comfort you?.... First, I commend you for this wonderful blog - the "poop" details and all! 9 years out, those memories have faded alot and I wished I had kept such a "record" of the journey. Your girls, your son and your family will cherish it. I would also say - and I know you guys are here already - NEVER lose HOPE, even if doctors do - Joe was considered "grave" (his condition overall) and some of the staff actually gave up on him. I never did... and God didn't either. That's why their little lives as God's special angels on earth are sooo precious - THEY are doing their heaven sent job right now - today - whether it's changing a "hardened" heart, showing that HE is in control, bringing you two even closer or giving the gift of compassion for special needs to your daughters to equip them as life long advocates.... It will become clear, someday. Don't expect to know WHY now. It will become clear. And it's awesome. Romans 12:12 says "Rejoicing in Hope, Enduring in Troubles, Continuing steadfastly in prayer." Right now our Almighty is giving you the super natural strength you need to deal with this situation. You can do it. It sucks. But you can do it. I love how you're already tag teaming it.
Also, about your lovely daughters, let them be your reminder that LIFE is continuing outside that hospital. I went through the motions (my daughter was only 2) but I missed that message. Play, run, breathe the air, cry, enjoy the "lasagna" (Francis knows what this means)....

And to those reading this who are wondering what more you can do, or say, - just continue to bring this family support, love, & lasagna (yes, those meals are cherished!!!!!!). Our main job is to pray and tell the Davy's we love them.

Let me know if you need a shoulder Shirley or Francis! You are in good hands. GO SAMUEL!!!

Samuel: "God heard". Also "requested of God", "God's heart" or "God's name".


Heidi - World Concern, Seattle

Pygmy said...

Good morning! So good to read your blog over morning coffee, and consider how amazing it is that we have a God that knows Samuel more than those gifted and amazing doctors ever will! So good. I pray you two are able to have restorative sleep when you sleep and that the girls get a sense of normality, even though your normal is very different now! Through out the day, as I teach my lovely 8 year olds, my heart is full of prayer for you all.(Just incase you were wondering Shirley, I'm Margo Millen's sister and have known the lovely Davy's since 1978!) Lovely to see Anne and 'Sir" in the photo!! ;) Arohanui e hoa, from chilly Rotorua.
Wendy and John Schwartfeger XOX

Raewyn said...

Blessings often come in curious wrapping. The blessing tonight was that Francis and Shirley were able to go to their bed together and hold each other and wake up in the morning to see the bright faces of their lovely daughters.
Love Raewyn and Andy

The Heslop Family said...

Good morning, guys! Thank you so much for the updates. Like Rosanna, I never know what to say.... just that our thoughts and prayers are yours.
Much love from the Heslops xxooxxoo

Anonymous said...

Heh beautiful Davy family,
It's been a long time since I have seen or heard of you guys. Just saw your site through Victorias Facebook page. Have read & cried lots. Just wanted you to know that I will uplift you guys in prayer. Believing that God will provide every need for you & your gorgeous family. With lots of love Sheridan Eketone (Andrew Hunts Sister)

Libbles said...

Oh blimmin heck!!!! Swine flu!!! We are battling in prayer for you guys and little Samuel! Were going to try and pop up this week but will text you first as I know this will be more tricky now! Love you so much and thinking of you

Libs xxxxx

Ahipara Girl said...

Hey Francis and Shirley
I am cheering for you and your little boy. His mission seems to have commenced already with people all over the globe coming together in one purpose and one mind, for healing from our Heavenly Father. There is no doubt in my mind that God has big shoes for this little guy. Go Samuel!
I really loved what Heidi said. She's awesome too. What a powerful testimony you all have and what an awesome witness. As Fred Hammond sang, and I pray ...
"Mighty Lord, Your Mighty Lord, Rise up and hear the voice of your people, show Yourself strong."
Go God! Go Samuel!

Anonymous said...

Hi guys, Mum passed on the blog address and so just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you all. Take care and much love, Fiona x