Joseph is Still Alive!
Highlight of the day : The indicators of infection in his blood had decreased last night. It was the lowest level since arrival. If this trend were to continue they would feel they had the infection “contained”.
Praise : Lower Infection Indicators, could be pointing to a good trend.
Prayer Request : That the infection will be stopped and destroyed
Today started off restfully. Joseph slept until about 10 am. After that he was up for some breakfast. A big drink of milk where he was holding the cup and a big drink of water and some oatmeal (porridge in the UK). His mouth was sore so it made it hard to really enjoy the porridge.
Praise : That Joseph has a good interest in food and desires to feed himself.
The doctors reviewed his status this morning and felt there was good progress overall but that Joseph was a complex case and they are taking special measures not to overload his wee body.
One thing that came out of the discussion this morning was the value of play for sick children. They told me that one of the indicators of how well a child was doing was the desire to play. So later in the day a play therapist came by with some things for Joseph to try out. It did not work very well as he was in bed on his back. But tomorrow friends are planning to bring a highchair for him to try.
Praise: For friends and professionals who want to help Joseph play and eat on his own.
After his nap this afternoon he was very agitated. His face was very itchy which may be due to the skin being less tight than before. He was also rubbing his head and neck and chin. The nurse gave him a medicine to fight the itchy feeling and some pain relief. After that he settled in on my knee for some stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible and then fell asleep. He is sleeping now peacefully as I write this.
Joseph continues to retain excess fluids so he now is getting a medicine to help him reduce the water load. He also really needs a bowel movement. I think that would help him feel better in general and the doctors are working on that as well. I had a chat with one of the doctors this evening and all is organs are functioning normally and they feel his body is coping well to the treatment.
Prayer Request: That Joseph will be able to clear his tummy and expel more water.
We continue to be blessed by the great outpouring of prayer from around the world.