I returned home yesterday lunchtime and went straight up to the hospital to see Shirley and Samuel. Samuel was very cuddly and seemed happy to see me again so I enjoyed an hour there before having to leave to pick up the girls from school and take them to piano lessons.
The latest news is that it seems Samuel has an E-Coli urinary tract infection that has spread throughout his body including his central line. Every day he is having blood tests to see if the bugs are still growing and the one yesterday showed it is still present in his system. So he's on IV antibiotic 3 times per day and they think he'll be in for at least another 2 weeks. He continues to spike high temperatures requiring a cool bath and fan to cool him down, which were occurring every 6 hours but are now averaging every 12 hours so that's a good sign. After a good nights sleep at home, I'm heading up to the hospital now to relieve Shirley who hasn't been home since Saturday when Samuel was admitted and hasn't seen the girls since Sunday (they're not allowed up there because of concerns that they may spread chicken pox after Jasmine's recent outbreak). The next two weeks are going to be a bit of a juggling act with one of us having to be with Samuel at all times, and me having to go to work and look after the girls, but we'll survive.
Thanks for your prayers for Samuel during this latest hurdle, at one point he was looking so sick and mottled that Shirley wasn't sure he would pull through but he seems to be improving gradually so hopefully he's turned the corner and is on the mend again.