Samuel didn't have a good night last night. I got a phone call this morning around 4:30 saying that some air had leaked out of his left lung and into his chest. The doctors had to put in another tube - this time into his chest. According to the x-ray, most of the air is gone, and it seems to have relieved that lung of a lot of pressure. The doctors are watching the right lung because apparently the PIE has shown itself again. His oxygen is up the highest it's ever been and the ventilator settings are up high too. We don't know anything yet about everything else - the doctors will be making their rounds soon.
We continue to believe that God has a plan for Samuel and that all of this is happening for a reason. Sometimes it's hard to see and believe when things seem to be getting worse each day, but each time I feel like I'm just about to give up hope, God shows us how much he loves us.
Yesterday afternoon I was feeling so very discouraged. There is a little room that I use a lot - in the room there are little lock boxes. I had been in earlier in the morning and didn't notice anything unusual. I came in later and looked at my box, and there was an envelope attached to it with tape. In the envelope there was a note and some money. The note said that the money was for food and lodging - and that whoever wrote the note was praying for Samuel and strength for us. After reading the note, I sat down on the floor and cried. I was overwhelmed by the amazing timing of God's grace. It wasn't about the money....right now, all I want is for Samuel to be better....but it was a good reminder that God's hand is in everything. I still don't know who could have possibly left the envelope. We don't know anyone here at Children's.