Sam. Conqueror. Overcomer.

On the 15th May 2009, Samuel Christian made his way into this world...two month's premature and in severe respiratory distress. Within hours, Sam was diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome - a very rare congenital disorder, of which little was known. The diagnosis together with the immediate challenges Sam faced to thrive became our core focus and it was with joy and thankfulness that we eventually brought Sam home, after nine weeks in the NICU.

As time pressed on, it became obvious that Sam's development was falling behind that of his RTS peers. Shortly before his 5th birthday Sam underwent a brain scan and it was confirmed by a paediatric neurologist that in addition to Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, Sam also has Cerebral Palsy related to his premature birth, as well as Autism.

This blog chronicles our journey through these challenges...
Our world has crashed, been blown apart.
This can't be happening....why us? Why now?
Your fragile life shaken before it could barely start,
How do we get through this...please, Lord, tell us how?

Drowning in our sorrow, waiting for answers that just don't come.
Our baby "special needs"? It simply can't be true!
The heartache overwhelms us, we're left feeling cold and numb.
The diagnosis tells us little - these children are so few.

But then we finallyget to touch you, to see your precious face
And all the heartache and questions fade, replaced with love and pride.
It's obvious from the very start you're showered in God's grace,
And with His love and guidance, we'll take this challenge in stride.

When once we couldn't pronounce it, Rubinstein-Taybi's become our norm.
When once the future seemed dark, we now welcome the journey as having an RTS angel brings lessons in unexpected form.

Our world has crashed, been blown apart!
This IS us.....right now!
We've been blessed with a gift, so precious from the very start. How do we get through this? Here's how.....
By believing in a God, so merciful and great,
By trusting that He's right beside us as we journey through the narrow gate.
By believing His love for us is not determined by a human frame,
By trusting that we draw Him near by merely calling His name. This precious baby we asked God for,
Prayed he'd be perfect and complete.
And, as Samuel means "God hears", He's laid His answer at our feet.

(Nicky de Beer : 27/05/2010)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cloudy with a chance of vomit

Wow! Am I glad to see the back of this passed week - heck yeah! That brilliant night's sleep Sam had on Monday night? It was not a taste of more good things to come...rather a kind of cruel antagonising of what we're missing. So needless to say there was no sleep on Tuesday night, not many wet nappies but a whole lot of wet everything else as Sam indulged us in some fantastic displays of projectile vomiting.

Wednesday...I get tired all over again thinking about it. More of the same except with the added variety of an evening trip to the ER after Sam decided to partake in a little light acrobatics off the bed. Yip, screams of hysterical panic could be heard for miles...even Sam was crying. Once Sam had received a once-over by the on-call doc and bestowed generous amounts of his poorly digested dinner throughout the ER, he at least managed a degree of decent sleep.

I was thrilled to wake up to a wet nappy on Thursday morning and even though Thursday brought with it another bump on the head when Sam backflipped off his little push-bike, his bladder seems to have returned to it's usual 2-3 hour routine. And so too have we returned to a rather challenging 3hr average of sleep at night. While I'm sure grateful the lil dude's bladder seems healed, it definitely was not the contributing factor preventing him from sleep. A little disappointing...but we press on, a little baggy-eyed and cloudy-minded...but on nevertheless.


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