Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The next 24 hours...
















Today we met with the medical team who felt it was time to reflect on where we go from here, given Samuel's deteriorating condition. They have treated each problem as it arose but now it is getting to the point where further interventions would not change the likely outcome, which is bleak. They recommended that we should not subject Samuel to any further surgery as his fragile body has already been through enough and it's now time to see how Samuel will respond whilst maintaining the current course of treatment (ie, antibiotics, blood transfusions, ventilation and intravenous nutrition etc).

We agreed that, if over the next few days, Samuel either deteriorates further or fails to make a significant improvement in terms of the bleeding from his kidneys, his haemoglobin level, dependence on oxygen support and indicators of kidney function, then we would agree to discontinue his treatment and he would be offered palliative care to keep him comfortable until he goes Home. This is hard to put into words, but we are at peace with this decision. Samuel has surprised us with his tenacity and endurance when we only thought we may have him for a few hours. He has put up a good fight but there is a limit to which we can expect him to keep fighting, as his problems are compounded and his level of discomfort and dependency on support increases.

















We'd appreciate your continued prayers that, if Samuel is meant to stay with us, there will be a dramatic improvement in his health over the next 24 hours and, if not, for strength and peace for us all to cope with what is to come. If you don't hear from us tomorrow, you will know that we are making the most of the time we have left with Samuel


With love and thanks for your prayers and support.

23 comments:

Margo said...

I am so sad for you guys. Thank you for sharing your heart with us all. There are people all over the world caring for you, loving you, praying for you and weeping with you. Take care Shirley, Francis, Jasmine and Candace as you spend this time with Samuel. xxxx

Luke PC said...

With you guys 100% with prayers thoughts and tears.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I go to Hamish and Anita's church, just want you to know I have been praying for you over the last few weeks and am upholding you in prayer tonight. Praying you can feel God's loving arms around you, and that that miracle might indeed happen
Love and prayers, Deborah

The Heslop Family said...

Our love, tears and constant prayers are with you, Francis and Shirley. Love to your family from ours. xxooxxoo

Anonymous said...

My prayers will continue to be with you all as you spend time with your precious little son and brother. I know you are all in God's awesome hands.
God Bless, Jenny Y (David & Jo's friend)

Patricia Ellish said...

My thoughts and prayers are for your family,but especially for darling little Samuel. May our Lord enfold you all in His loving arms, caring and sustaning you all through this difficult time. All my love, Patricia (from Rachel's group visiting Bangkok)

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you all, from Karen & Ron Stoufer, CVM & World Concern

Meredith Long said...

Francis and Shirley,

I have had to take this decision with parents at the end of life but not with a child. I know it is hard. I have shared this with the World Concern family across the world. Here in Seattle, we will dedicate our prayer time on Thursday morning to you and your family. Richard will give you a call on behalf of all of us. May God draw especially close to you over the next days.

With love from your WC friends around the world.

Meredith

Randall Hashimoto said...

Dear Francis and Shirley,

Samuel is such a beautiful little boy. I was deeply saddened to read about Samuel's struggles and can only imagine the pain that you both are going through. May the God of all Creation lift you up during this difficult time and may He hear our prayers.

Randall Hashimoto
CRISTA HR Seattle

Urban Vineyard said...

This is such tough news. Its hard being so far away at this time. We are continuing to pray for Samuel, for strength in his weakness, and for you that you will have the wisdom and the hope you need at each moment. Our friends here in California are joining us. You have our love and our thoughts,along with ongoing hope-filled prayer. Lloyd and Vicki

Anonymous said...

My prayers are certainly with you all. Prayers for strength, healing and a miracle.

God bless,

Merry

Ahipara Girl said...

our prayers are with you guys. my heart breaks. i cannot imagine what you are all going through. god bless you all and hold and keep you during this amazing and incredible time with your beautiful baby boy. And Lord, anytime is a good time for a miracle!

familyofgirls said...

I couldn't read and not let you know you are in my prayers.I prey that God's Will be done and that he is with you whatever the outcome.

Anonymous said...

Tears & more tears for our wee Samuel. Praying for Gods constant love & care for you all at this time. Lots of love Sheridan x

Anonymous said...

I agree with Family of girls, I could not read this and not let you know that there is so much prayer being offered for Samuel and your family at this time. I know our gracious god is listening and he will help to guide you through this time. Arohanui Davy family, Kia kaha.

Warwick Lash said...

Hi Shirley and Francis. Awesome words you chose yesterday: we trust..we sit..we touch...and love him through the tears.Your gift to Samuel is so precious to this God of ours who sat...who touched...who loved... who wept...

love and blessings
Laraine and Warwick Lash

Jo said...

Praying continually that you would know God's peace and comfort as you lean on Him and trust in His unfailing love during this extremely difficult time. We pray too that Samuel would not be in any pain and that, if it is God's will, he would improve in the next 24 hours.

In Christ's love,
Mark, Jo & Micah

Anonymous said...

Guys, we love you all and pray for you all. May God be your rock of great strength today, tomorrow, for ever.
Love and prayers, Clare, Dickon, Alice & Jonathan

lizzy said...

I hardly dare write... words can't really capture hugs and tears and longing. Still praying for a miracle, and deep tangible peace.
love you..
Liz x

Anonymous said...

My heart went out to you as I read your post. May God's peace and grace be with you during this time. It's only by resting in His hands that we can cope. And God is still in the business of miracles. Praying for that and your family in whatever the next day holds. Continue to love on Samuel. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24,25

Anonymous said...

our love and prayers are with you, hold him and fill your hearts and minds with good memories, may God strengthen you and uphold you in the next days, only He knows where you go each and every day, emma matt rose reuben and willow

Gordon & Coralie said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you walk through what God wants for you. May you know His peace and comfort through whatever happens. THank you for sharing your walk with so many and may you be encouraged through this time too.

Gordon, Coralie, Susan, Reuben, Isabel, Esther, Naomi & Josiah McLay

de Gruchy's said...

Hi guys
what can I say. We knew nothing fo what you have been going through until tonight. saw you trying to skype us but the connection was cut. spoke to Rachel Stevens who told us what had been happening to you all and gave us the blog info. Oh guys I know that at times like these words can seem vacant. Oh to be with you right now and hold you and stand with you. yet we know we have a God whom has promised to be our full time carer as we cast all our cares on him. Please be assured that we now stand with you in prayer. Love you and thank you for allowing us to hear your heart through this blog
blessings

Andrew, Serena, Naomi, Micah and Phoebe x