Sunday, September 20, 2009

Slow and Steady

Well I am relieved to report that Samuel settled down after his procedure on Thursday. He needed paracetemol to get him over the pain of the poking and proding from the procedure, but was back to normal on Friday. 24 hours after the GJ tube was inserted they started him on paedialyte - a water/sugar/salt solution. Wait for it... at a whopping 1ml per hour. He coped with this well and then yesterday he was increased by 100% to 2mls per hour. Today he has just had the all clear to go up to 3ml per hour. They are happy he is coping with it and his ilieostomy bag is producing slightly more, with some more solid'ish bits in it. Tomorrow, all going well, they will introduce this part of his gut to milk - but taking it back to 1ml an hour.

We're also pleased that his vesicostomy site hasn't gotten any worse. It still is slightly 'sloughy' but better than it was. Sam's vital signs are all good, so they are confident that he doesn't have an infection.

Francis texted to say the girls are loving being in the snow and they were successfully skiing down the beginners slope unaided - I can't wait to see the video.

So just wanted to let everyone know after Thursday's blog that Samuel is doing well.

Must dash back to his room. X Shirley


Anonymous said...

Hi shirley, so glad things are picking up for you all. Just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten about you and that little Sam is always in our thoughts and prayers as you all are. All is well here in Bangkok. Hope the skiing is good for the girls. I'm back at work now part time... it is good to be back! lotsalove from Bangkok!

katrina wiens said...

Wow, this is a difficult valley that the 2 of you are going through, you are demonstrating deep compassion, mercy and steadfastness through it all to beloved Samuel. Did I read that you want Samuel to drink breastmilk?
We are praying for you guys.
We just settled into a house for 4 months in Canada(we've been here 2 months already). Madeline loves kindergarten here. We went garage saling, and picked up a free trampoline(needs several repairs)and a several kids' dressers. We live in a nicer neighbourhood (Darrell's parents'rental) so we feel a little out of place, but oh well, it's a blessing!
Katrina for the Wiens family

Anonymous said...

It was wonderful to catch up on Samuel's progress on the blog and to see the pictures of you all outside in the 'sunshine' - wow this seems like a real step forward and now a date for possible discharge - amazing to think that this is now a reality given all the ups and downs of the last few weeks and months. I have no doubt Shirley will master the feeding - she is one amazing woman - and as usual Francis you will have to learn from her! still after so many years of being together you must be used to that by now.

Glad the girls are enjoying skiing - what fun for them. We are looking forward to seeing them in a couple of weeks and catching up in person. you have a precious and wonderful family. Smauel has such a great smile doesn't he MERRW

Crawfords said...

Great news! thanks for the update - on Sam and on the ski slope gang!
Praying for you ALL!

The Pelans said...

Hi guys, so glad to hear Samuel has settled down and that you have a going home date to plan for. That's so fantastic! Samuel is a real fighter, and so are his parents. We hope the TPN training is going well - we know you'll nail it Shirley. And it's great that the girls could hit the slopes with their dad. If only he could teach Jo how to ski ...
Thinking of you all,
Love Jo & Mark

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all and holding you in God,s love.Little Samuel has been a blessing to me. What a mighty little soldier he is!God bless you all! Christine Leaf