A Difficult 24 Hours

We are feeling a change in the air regarding Shakar over these last few days. Last night, Tara and Diana spent 4 hours or so with this very distressed mum, after she had called Tara in the night, saying Shakar was having breathing difficulties, and his oxygen was dropping. This morning we woke to their news that Shakar had been moved from the ward, into the paediatric intensive care unit.

I was so glad that that Shakar’s mum knew that she could call us for support, and I’m grateful for the generous hearts of Tara and Diana to sit with this sweet mum through the night. Thank you God for giving us the privelige of seeing your caring heart.

So today, Rahel and I went quickly to the top floor of the hospital, and we found Shakar’s lovely mum, who called out to us and greeted us. She was welcoming and lovely, and reasonably calm, which was in contrast to Shakar, who was tossing and turning in his bed, sometimes crying out, and not possible to settle down. The nurse said that he is fasting as they weren’t yet sure if they needed to perform any invasive procedures. We waited while they tried to find any available space on his little body to put a cannula. It was sad to see all the little red dots under both of his arms, and in his feet and everywhere they had tried to cannulate his little body before.

We left the room with the mother at the kind and wise request of the medical staff, as they had to place the cannula in his neck.

The mother remained so strong throughout all of this time, although she was tired. As the day went on, the medical team asked for translation so that mum could sign for consent in case Shakar needed a blood transfusion. So there were lots of signs for us and for mum that Shakar really was in a bad condition and that the medical staff are growing in concern for him.

Later on in the day, I came back to Shakar’s mum, as the medical team had decided that the strain on his little body is getting too much and they were working to intubate him. They worked on him for a long time, and although the mother was sitting outside of the room, she was ever so upset with worry for him.

The words which Diana prayed earlier in the morning are so needed when I’m thinking of Shakar; he belongs to God, who is our Father who can take care of him.

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth isĀ  Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord , And You are exalted as head over all.” I Chronicles 29:11