Thank you to you all for your prayers for Yirmiyahu!
The surgery went very well. It was a major surgery and it’s correspondingly a difficult recovery.
I expected general discomfort and irritability but had no idea the kind of pain he’d be experiencing. It’s very hard to see such a non-complaining and cheerful child screaming and writhing in agony. I keep requesting more pain medication but it only seems to take the edge off. Fortunately these attacks only come every two or three hours but each one is very intense The surgeon said it’s a result of inner pressure on the surgical area and catheter simultaneously.
But it’s all part of the healing process and we need to go through this to get to the other side.
On to the more obviously positive – sibling therapy!
The kids are taking turns coming to visit Yirmiyahu; so far everyone has been here except ds16 and ds13. Ds16 will be coming in the morning and ds13 is going to wait until Yirmiyahu gets home to spend time with him.
There are several medical clowns who come in the mornings – the boys enjoyed them even though Yirmi was too out of it to be engaged by them. That is, until one of them overheard Yirmi gently blowing on the harmonica the kids coaxed him to play. She came in with her harmonica and played with him. No smile, though.
Then his siblings spent time playing with him – that’s when he started feeling better.
After playing with him and making funny faces together, what seemed very far away until then happened – a real smile!
He loved being with them but eventually he needed to rest.
The nurses later commented to me, “It was good for him to have them here.” It really was. They could see the obvious difference in him. Everything was better. Well, except when they left and he had to say goodbye – that was really sad.
Dd20 came back after work to spend the night with Yirmi. She knew I was exhausted from being with him around the clock and wanted to make things easier for me. She also wanted to spend more time with Yirmi! She slept in his bed and took care of him all night long whenever he cried. He was so happy to have her sleeping with him; being pressed against someone he loves when he sleeps gives him a feeling of security and right now he really needs it. And then in the morning she thanked me for letting her do it!
I’ve felt so grateful during this hospital stay watching the family we’ve built and nurtured over the last 23 years come together in such a wholehearted way to support Yirmiyahu.
There’s nothing as healing as the power of love!