Eating on his own, but not ready for home yet
Our cute Ahmad is waiting already quite a long time to finally return home. The last weeks he had to learn how to eat, which he now finally can do. He is completely eating on his own!
Yesterday the doctor was still quite optimistic that Ahmad could be discharged today, but this morning they told me that his heartbeat is now arrhythmic. He is receiving a new medication now which should help him, but it means again waiting for his mom who is eagerly anticipating the return home.
Ahmad was smiling to me today and I think that’s the only reason why his crying mom can wait still so patiently – her child already improved so much and she wants only the best for him.
Thank you for praying that this new drug will help Ahmad and that he can go home soon.
Today I visited cute little Ahmad and his lovely mother at Sheba Medical Center. He was peacefully sleeping and his mother cared so lovingly about him. She and I talked a little bit and she asked me directly if I could speak with a doctor.
I did that and the doctor gave me a lot of information about him. He is eating very well, so they could take his sonde out and he is eating completely on his own! Praise the Lord!
Before I had arrived today, Ahmad had an echo and it looked okay, but the Cardiology department want to follow him further. He also had a blood test, but they hadn’t all the results yet, and the one result they already had is okay.
Furthermore, the doctors have to see how the result will be of his endocrinology tests. The function of his thyroid gland was very interrupted, but they don’t know the result yet. They have to talk to the endocrinologist to see if they have to change something in his medications.
It is possible that Ahmad could be discharged at the end of this week at the earliest, but probably later, because they have to wait for the results of everything tested. When I explained everything to Ahmad’s mother, she started crying. She really misses her family and doesn’t want to wait longer to return back home. I tried to calm her and she stopped crying. She wanted to leave the hospital today.
So let’s pray for Ahmad, for good test results, and patience for his mother.
It was so good to see Ahmad so active and smiling today. His mother’s spirits were also up. Ahmad is still not gaining enough weight, but at least his weight is going in the right direction.
Today the doctors were checking his kidneys and his thyroid function. They will check his thyroid again on Sunday with a blood test. The doctor also wanted to see about some physical therapy to help with his eating and his motor skills. There is a lot of testing going on, but it seems like Ahmad is slowly going in the right direction. Praise God!
After his successful cath yesterday, coworker Frank and I visited Ahmad at Sheba Medical Center today. Right now Ahmad’s heart is doing well.
However, during the coming days, Ahmad has to learn to eat without the feeding tube and because he has a cleft pallet he probably needs some time for that. When I talked to the doctor he said that if Ahmad can eat he will finally be released to return home. I’m very happy to see how he is improving.
Please continue praying for Ahmad and his lovely mother, that they will be able to go home to their family soon.
When I visited Ahmad at Sheba Hospital today he was awake and happy. His mother told me that he is doing well so far. Ahmad is stable but has a bit of trouble still with swallowing. His cath, postponed due to bacteria, is now scheduled for Tuesday. Ahmad’s mom was happy that someone came to visit her and told me about all the other children from Gaza that are in the hospital right now.
Let’s pray that the cath on Tuesday will take place and it will go well!
Today, doctors at Sheba Hospital began the process of preparing Ahmad for a catherization with the plan to widen a narrow artery, when they detected that he has bacteria in his blood. So the cath is postponed until next week.
Ahmad’s mother was hopeful and is always with love at her son’s side. Let’s pray that everything will work out well and Ahmad can have his cath when he’s ready.
Our cute little Ahmad is doing so well, that he has been moved to the secondary pediatric ICU at Sheba Hospital. There, coworker Joanne and I met him and his mother today.
Ahmad’s mother is so lovely and always very well informed as to how her only child is doing. So, she explained today that he may have a cath tomorrow to widen his narrow arteries.
So, let’s continue praying for Ahmad. God brought him already this far and will never leave his side.
Improving; thyroid imaging
Today coworker Frank and I visited little Ahmad and his mother at Sheba Hospital.
Today the doctors took out two of Ahmad’s drains, so he has only one left. He is doing very well and looks better than the last time I saw him!
He also had an ultrasound of his Thyroid gland today and now we are waiting for results.
Please pray for this little guy, his mother and that everything continues to improve for Ahmad.
Some infections; on antibiotics
Today coworker Hanna and I went to Sheba Medical Center to visit little Ahmad.
Right now, he has some infections in his body. He has bacteria in his blood and urine. He also has leukocytosis (low white blood cell count). He gets antibiotics now and the doctors will do some more tests to find out where this comes from.
Please pray for him that he will get better soon.
Ahmad is extubated! His mother and the doctors at Sheba Hospital are very happy about this. For now, Ahmad is still on oxygen support and the doctors will try in some days to feed him through his mouth.
Coworker Doro and I found Ahmad today awake and active in his bed. It was very nice to see him and his mother, who is patiently, and happily at his side.
Please pray for Ahmad, that he will continue to improve. May God restore his health.
Today I visited little Ahmad in Sheba Hospital. He had a catheterization today which was very successful and the doctor is really happy about the good result. They were able to delete the narrowing of a vein. Now they will see how he is doing and if he needs further treatments, which, if he does, they will decide which ones he will need.
Let’s pray for Ahmad, his family and that he is doing better now.
Today I went to Sheba Medical Center to visit little Ahmad. The doctor told me that his case is very complicated. Ahmad is edematous (he has fluid in his body). He had a CT scan today because the doctors suspected that one of his veins is blocked. Later today Ahmad had to go to an emergency surgery because of a blood clot. The doctor could not find the blood clot but was able to free the blocked vein. For now Ahmad is okay and stable; please pray that he will stay stable and will get better.
Today, coworker Celina and I visited little Ahmad. Yesterday, he had his heart surgery which went really well. He is stable now and the doctors are pleased by it.
The doctors had planned to extubate him, but his blood pressure was not very good, so the doctors changed some medication and now want to wait until the circumstances are better to extubate him. Probably he will also need quite some time to recover.
We also talked with Ahmad’s mother a little. Ahmad is her first and only child. I’m sure she will be a good mother to him.
Let’s pray for this precious child, that God restores his health. We can also pray for the special relationship between mother and son.
Today little Ahmad had his surgery to repair his Tetralogy of Fallot at Sheba Medical Center. The doctor told me that his surgery went perfect and without any troubles.
Ahmad’s mom was very nervous while waiting during the surgery, but a grandmother, who has a grandchild in the hospital right now, waited with her and was there for her. It’s really nice to see how all the moms and grandparents of the children in the hospital are there for each other.
Please continue praying for little Ahmad and his lovely mother.
As so often happens in life, plans change. Ahmad’s surgery was postponed today. He will have his surgery next Sunday.
For the doctors, it’s probably not always easy to decide when to take which child into surgery. We can pray for all the doctors, for the decisions and especially the surgery of Ahmad on Sunday.
In all this we know for sure: God sees and loves everyone. “Are not five sparrows (or fish) sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (or fish).” – Luke 12, 6+7
How much more does he love all those sick children in the hospital! Also little Ahmad. He will keep his hand over him.