From Samuel's Host Mom:
We are going home today!! Yippeee!!!!
Sammy is doing very well. The incision on his back has closed up and is healing nicely. There is one spot that the surgeon is concerned about, but all we can do at this point is watch it carefully. The stitches in his head and belly will dissolve and those two areas are looking good. The shunt is working; his head was another half centimeter smaller this morning and I can feel the plates are closer together like they should be. She was also very pleased with the leg movement he's showing. He will still need extensive PT and his feet are still fairly clubbed, so we're still working on them.
Right now, we are awaiting our final discharge papers and waiting for a travel bed since he still can't sit in a car seat. We have follow up appointments scheduled with the surgeon, his PT, and his PCP in the upcoming weeks. But we are looking forward to relaxing at home for a couple of days.
Sammy and I would like to give a big thank you with a hug to all of our prayer warriors who have been praying for us. Your prayers have definitely been felt and heard. Please continue to pray for Sammy's recovery including complete use of his legs and control of his bladder and bowels (two areas of dificulty for spina bifida kids). I will keep you posted of his progress. Feel free to pass this email on to other prayer warriors.
Friday, March 20, 2009
From Samuel's Host Mom:
Posted by Heather at 12:54 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Little Sammy was not able to handle the hydrocephalus. The doctors debated over whether to try an experimental surgery that would allow him to go back to Haiti shunt free, but apparently have decided against it. His shunt surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. Although they have drawn off some of the fluid it is building again so he is fairly lethargic, but is still eating well. Please keep praying for him. Hope to have pictures from his host mom to share soon.
Posted by Heather at 8:15 AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Posted by Heather at 11:06 AM
This is a matching grant opportunity for one of the best ministries in Haiti. Please please go help if you can!
Posted by Heather at 8:01 AM
Sunday, March 8, 2009
From his host mom on Friday:
"Sammy is doing well. He's been in some pain since the surgery, but for the most part it's controlled by regular use of Tylenol and only occassionally, morphine. The fluid and pressure on his head is increasing, and each day his head circumference is a little bigger. The nuerosurgeon said that she either needs to tap it again to relieve the pressure or put the shunt in, and if she has to do one, she'd rather put the shunt in, which is how we feel as well. He had the ultrasound today and she's checking her schedule, but probably won't be able to perform the procedure until next week. He's sleeping a little more and eating a little less, but all in all, doing well."
From his host mom today:
"Sammy is doing pretty good, all things considered. He's resting well and doesn't seem to be in any pain. He had some diarrhea and formulat spitting, but we changed his formula to soy. His BM's are firming up and the spitting has stopped. He is however, losing weight. Today is the second day of weight loss. The pediatric doctors here are on top of it, so hopefully we'll know something soon."
Please pray they can do his shunt soon. I believe he is not eating because he is probably getting very uncomfortable. Poor little man needs our prayers right now.
Also, here is a link to his story for a local paper:
Posted by Heather at 6:48 PM
Friday, March 6, 2009
Posted by Heather at 10:03 AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Posted by Heather at 9:03 AM
Monday, March 2, 2009
Well, the weather caused all surgeries to be backed up and they decided not to start on Samuel late this afternoon. So he is their first surgery at 7:15 in the morning. Don't worry if you were praying today like I was, I'm sure God will remember tomorrow;-) But you could pray tomorrow too - hint hint. The surgery takes several hours so I don't expect to hear from his host mom until early afternoon. Here is a new pic of him all snuggly in the hospital. What a doll baby!
P.S. He is up to 6 pounds! He's a good little eater(:
Posted by Heather at 6:38 PM
Today Samuel goes into surgery. So far his cultures from his spinal tap are showing no infection! His kidneys have urine in them so they were checking the cause of that early this morning. I guess it is possibly refluxing from his bladder? I am new to all of this! So, he will be in surgery as early as 11:00 am, but it could possibly be pushed back to early afternoon. Please pray for little man! His host mom says he is just a sweetheart.
Posted by Heather at 9:34 AM