We are back from several hours in the hospital and much encouraged. The haematology clinic ran a full blood count and full blood analysis on Joseph and found that there was nothing life-threatening going on. Joseph was close to being dehydrated, so the doctor prescribed a powerful antiemetic (anti-nausea drug). Once Joseph was given this he was able to drink some water and eat a piece of toast which have now stayed down for 8 hours. While still in the treatment room Joseph began to feel better and started to chat with the nurses. Once again the medical staff were amazing to us – very compassionate and thorough.
When it was time to go home one of the nurses offered to stay with Joseph while I got the car, which was parked about half a mile away from the hospital due to the heavy traffic and no parking places in the afternoon. It was pouring down rain with wind gusts of 60 miles an hour. Joseph sat and chatted with the nurse about penguins while I collected the car.
Joseph fell asleep on the way home. When we arrived I helped him change into his pyjamas and he was ready for bed. Just as I was tucking him in I set a basin by his bed just in case he was sick later tonight and Joseph looked at me and said, “Daddy, I will not need that tonight,” then rolled over and fell deeply asleep.
After Joseph was asleep I updated his two older brothers on what happened at the hospital. They had both been concerned and were glad to hear the good news. But I got far more than I gave in this exchange. As I was explaining the medical results to Moses our 4 year old, he nodded his head with each detail and said – “Ah, that’s good.” Then Moses looked me in the eye and said, “Daddy, I have been praying and praying for Joseph. I prayed for him many times today. I really love to pray for people who are sick. I just pray and pray for them — I am unstoppable.”
With tears in my eyes I told Moses that he had it just right – the Bible tells us to never stop praying, that God never tires of hearing our requests.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thes. 5:16-18