This update is long overdue, but here is all the recent news I have at my disposal regarding Stanley.
The weekend of July 16, I travelled with my friends Eddie and Lacey to Boston to visit Stanley and Clermelie. It was a Sunday, and Stanley had just had an autograft done two days ago on Friday. He wasn't feeling too great, honestly, and was obviously in a great deal of pain. I asked him about his doule (pain) several different times, and instead of pointing to his chest like I expected he kept pointing to his thigh, where the doctors took the skin for the graft. Stanley got upset when it was time for his medication, but so SO fortunately, Eddie asked Nancy Lanni to give us a call and she chose that precise moment to call. Lace and I stepped outside while the nurses, in Eddie's words, "sat him up, put some [salve] on him, adjusted his chest protector and arm brace, gave him more pain medication, and then we got him into the wheel chair. He was a lot more comfortable."
Eddie took Stanley outside for the first time since he arrived in Boston. Three weeks without fresh air is a looooong time! Eddie said he loved the sunlight and only asked to go inside to get water, and then he wanted to go right back out! They played some drums and Stanley loved that!
While the two of them frolicked outside, Lacey and I drove Clermelie to a nearby Target to do a little shopping. I think we had just as much fun as Eddie and Stanley! We returned to the hospital instead of grabbing some Haitian food because some of their family stopped by to visit – and brought homemade Haitian food! Frantz, a cousin of Loïs (Stanley's dad), operates an organisation called Lakay Dabò (their Facebook page is here) for Haitians to help Haiti, in a nutshell. We left shortly after so the family could spend some time together.
My friend Anthony met us at the hospital and is doing some hardcore arranging of visitors for Stanley. Last week, he wrote that his colleague, who is Haitian, visited and said, "On Friday, they did some redressing of his wounds and she helped with translation which made him happier. "He is definitely a pre-teen – lots of funny back-talk but still very kind 🙂 he really likes to be clean and play but clearly physical play is not an option right now."
And Marty and Larry, bless their beautiful souls, have a pastor contact at a local church, Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, and the church has raised some funds and gotten some food and clothes together for Stanley and Clermelie. God is SO good at bringing people together and connecting His people together for the good of others!
Fast forward a few weeks, 16 days to be exact. I got lucky enough to have 4 days off in a row from work (I'm neglecting school a little), so Mum, Derrick and I drove to Boston. We got a hotel in Kittery, and the weirdest thing happened: Yesterday, every single one of us slept in until exactly 10:15 am. Not a minute later, and we all woke up within a minute of each other. What's especially weird about this is that ever since I returned from Haiti, I have set my alarm for 7 or 8 am. My mother is usually awake around then also. My brother just sleeps. So we hurried to get ready and check out of the hotel, and after getting gas and breakfast, we flew to Boston and arrived on Stanley's floor of the hospital around noon-ish.
Clermelie was not in the room but Stanley was. He was fully dressed, lying on his bed and watching a movie in Creole on a portable DVD player. All of their belongings were packed, and Stanley told me that they would be moving to a hotel at 1 pm! I couldn't believe it! What happened to the little boy that could barely sit up two weeks ago?? He showed me his hands, his legs, his stomach – beautiful, brown, healthy, healing skin! He could sit up on his own (although I think he was just being cute the few times he had me help him up!) and we PLAYED SOCCER IN THE HALLWAY! My mind is BLOWN by the fact that at the beginning of June he was still in Haiti with raw, painful burns – and now we were playing soccer in a hospital in Boston.
If we had slept in any later that day, we would have missed them. As it was, we lent an extra 3 pair of hands to helping the Pierres move out of the hospital and into a nearby hotel in Charlestown. It complicates things a little, as they still have to take a medical shuttle from the hotel to the hospital for meals and appointments, and they're not quite sure how long they'll be staying. But one of Stanley's nurses, Rich, said that Stanley has one more surgery to fix some minor errors, and then returning home to Haiti would be "getting close" to coming true.
Doesn't that BLOW. YOUR. MIND?!
We are staying tomorrow morning instead of heading back to Maine because Clermelie would like us to accompany her and Stanley from the hotel to the hospital for Stanley's final surgery. We are more than happy to oblige, and I am praying that everything will go unbelievably well. God has taken these beautiful and deserving people into His loving hands so far – with Him standing with them, then what could stand against?
Listen, I'm not telling you what to do – who am I kidding, yes I am. If you feel that in your soul that the Holy Spirit is urging you to do something, DO IT. Don't you dare let another human being stop you. You don't know the things God has planned for you – you may change someone's life.