27 July 2010

The Faireses had a tough night last night. I usually wake up to a few emails from them that they've written through their day. Here is a part the first email I received this morning:

"Last night was a long night. Both of the boys sounded congested yesterday when we met them, but the more time we spend with them the more we realize that they are both actually totally sick. They don't have fevers, but they took turns last night getting up to cough and choke. It was really sad. You know how it hurts to hear Oliver really sick? Well, both boys are pretty sick and every time they woke up it just hurt our hearts because there's really not much we can do. We comforted them, but sometimes they still look at us with shocked expressions like, "Who are you crazy white people?" So our presence is some comfort, but it's not like the comfort I can give to Beatrice. Anyway, they have some ethiopian cough syrup, but it doesn't seem to be working. I've been doling out the Nyquil, and that seemed to help. I can't wait to get them to Vanderbilt! Moses has a nasty ear infection. And Augustine's cough just sounds so sad."

And four hours later:

The kids are both sick. It's sad. We can't wait to get them home to some proper housing and medical care. Augustine/Firomsa has a bad cough and Moses/Mamush was throwing up all morning. Antibiotics and childrens' tylonol are just not that accessible here. It is frustrating, because we know that at home we could have ample clean clothes and laundry for them, comfortable rooms, lots of warm baths, good and accessible doctors and plenty of any kind of medicine they could ever need. Here, everything moves slowly.

We are still trying to figure out what we can do to get Moses home too. It may come down to wiring money at the last minute. This is Caleb writing, by the way... so if I've repeated something you already know, please forgive me. Rebecca and I are taking turns with sick kids, so today, conversation has mostly involved parenting and not paperwork.

We have both kids in pack'n'plays, and Moses finally fell asleep after his continuing stomach issues this morning. We pray that he sleeps well.

Both of the boys slept restlessly last night. They just don't get family attention, even with the best of orphanage care... they need a mom and dad (and a big sister).

ok. I'm repeating myself now. Thank you so much for loving our little girl. Thank you also for staying on top of the money/travel issues that lay ahead. We are grateful for your many prayers.

There is One God and Father of us all... and we trust that He is caring for these boys better than we can in our weakness and insufficiency.

Praying and changing diapers,



Christine said...

Oh, this makes my heart hurt. I can imagine how completely helpless they feel. Continued prayers for both boys' health and that BOTH will come home with them. Thanks for the updates. Pass on our thanks that they are so willing to share their daily trials with all of us.
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Tracy said...

Oh my! I can't imagine how they feel, knowing that they can give them such better care at home.

Praying for your nephews, Rae. And for Rebecca and Caleb.

Robyn said...

I'm holding your family close in prayer. I'm also an adoptive mom and while our situations are different I well remember our first times with our children and then adding sickness onto it is so very hard. Those babies know they are loved and protected and that is better than any medicine you could buy. Praying it all goes smoothly and everyone can come home together.

Heather said...

This breaks my heart. Those poor babies need to be home with their mom and dad where they can be taken care of and have access to meds that they need.

I am not sure what they are eating, but have your sister keep in mind the BRAT diet. Bananas, rice, Applesauce (or apples), and toast or tea. Hopefully they will feel better.

For the congestion, propping them up on pillows (if they have some) while they sleep will help the fluids drain.

Amy's Avenue Blog! said...

What an incredibly helpless feeling. I will definitely keep them in my thoughts and prayers. I hope they are able to get everything taken care of while still trying to give the boys as much comfort and attention that they possibly can!

Chelsa said...

dislike :( this breaks my heart. praying!

The Buchanan Family said...

Praying for healing of the boys and quick trip to "home" for all four!

if they have access to vicks vapor rub tell them to put on the bottom of their feet and put socks on. it really does help with coughing. :)

Bev and Roger said...

Thinking and praying for Caleb and Rebecca and the boys. My heart goes out to all of you as you get through this situation. God is in control. Give them our message.

nault's nook said...

Oh no! I am so sorry they are going through this! prayers!!!!

Alyssa said...

:( I feel so bad for those sick little boys. I pray that they're able to get both of them home very soon and healthy. Thanks for the updates.

Dad said...

Good reporting, Rae; You girls are gifted writers. You will give an older Beatrice back soon. Your job is very important! I love you.