Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Homeward bound......

The day has finally arrived! You haven't heard from us for a while as we've been busy getting everything prepared to bring Samuel home. Due to Samuel's complex condition, there are so many different specialist teams and medical suppliers to co-ordinate in order to have everything lined up so we can relocate Samuel from Ward 26B at Starship Hospital to our temporary home in Kohimarama. Jasmine and Candace were treated to a weekend at the beach with their cousins over the long weekend just gone, which gave us the chance to race around buying all manner of storage drawers and cupboards to set up Samuel's room at home and cope with the mountain of medical supplies that will be arriving. We had a trial run bring Samuel home too as we were able to take him out in the car for the first time on Saturday. His first venture beyond the park next to the hospital included a social visit to our friends the Frews only 5 mins from the hospital, and then a further trip home for an hour before taking him back to the hospital. But today it's the real thing, he's coming home on oxygen tanks and we'll be setting up his TPN tonight without any nursing support. His room at the hospital will be kept for him for one night in case he needs to return tomorrow, but we're confident that won't be necessary as he's doing so well and he has managed to throw off the head cold that has been bothering him recently. I'm off up to the hospital now to pick up Shirley and Samuel and the next time you hear from us he'll be home and we'll upload photos of him in his new room! Thanks to you all for walking with us over these past 4 months & 3 weeks since Samuel was born and through all the ups and downs of his life in hospital. It seems surreal to almost have him home and we are so grateful for all those who have faithfully prayed toward this day and the dozens of doctors and nurses that have all played a part in Samuel's care. We'll see you on the other side.....

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Shirley, Francis, Jasmine, Candace and Samuel,
What a blessing that God has seen fit to allow you to take Samuel home and to be a family together. You have grown in Him individually and as a family and you'll be used and blessed by Him. Will be praying for the adjusting that will be needed and the rollercoaster will continue for a while but you know the pilot and that's what helps in the journey.

Be blessed and encouraged,

Hugs and prayers and WELCOME HOME SAM :)

WIth love,
Gordon, Coralie & Family

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an exciting time for you. I hope you will really enjoy living all together and being out of all that hospital stuff. I have been following Samuel's progress on your blog and am thrilled for you all in this next stage of family life.

Sandra Patton

Margo said...

Un-flipping-believeable!!! Can I say that?!! WOWOWOWOWOWOW that is so incredibly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
God is SO GOOD. Did you think this day would come? This is so exciting, scary, wonderful.
Tonight will be such a special time for you as a family of 5 in your home. Our prayers are with you as you continue this journey onto the next level. May God give you guys peace, strength and wisdom as you care for and pour your Love on Samuel.
Lots of Luv Margo & Tim xxxx

The Heslop Family said...

Wow - how far have you guys come?..........

Anita said...

How great is our God?

That's amazing guys. Well done all the hard work and effort you have put in to get to this day. We rejoice with you all!

Welcome home Sam! Can't wait to visit you in your new address

Anonymous said...

So excited for you all! Will be thinking of you guys and finally being home together. Have a special night and celebrate!! Big hugs Inez xx

Anonymous said...

Did he like his first car ride from jackie xxoo

Anonymous said...

Wahoo!!!!!!
love the crumps xxxx

Elaine said...

Very cool news!!!! Wahoo! This is very exciting! Will ring you one of these days to see hows its going.
Enjoy your first night altogether in your home!!!!!!!
Love Elaine, & Co xxxx

The Doughertys said...

Such fantastic news. It wont be long and he'll be chasing the girls around with a water pistol and doing what boys do best.... playing hard and fast. Our thoughts are with your wee family at this time xx